Name: Jess Wood
What she does: Founder and Director of Allsorts
Impact: Empowers young people who are unsure about their sexual orientation and/ or gender identity
Nominated by: Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion
Allsorts works with young people under 26 who are unsure about the sexual orientation and /or gender identity. It helps empower and give young people a voice.
Jess Wood founded the charity and is currently its Director. The work they do in Brighton and Hove, includes one to one advice, team building and, above all, creating spaces for young people to be themselves and explore their feelings. Jess started the project because of a lack of any services meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth in the city. She drives Allsorts forward and makes a real difference to the lives of those involved – many of whom are vulnerable, alienated or marginalised.
Jess and the work she does make it a little easier for all young people to come to a clearer and more positive understanding of their sexuality, not just here in Brighton – which has one of the most vibrant LGBT communities in the world – but in every country across the globe. Jess is an example of the many powerful women who, unseen, are building a better world and I applaud her and those like her.