CEO and Founder - Suran Dickson
Prior to running DRM, I was a teacher in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom for 12 years. In both countries there have been legislative changes to protect LGBT people against discrimination and encourage greater acceptance within society. However, homophobic bullying in schools is still a widespread problem. Not just for LGBT young people, but for any student who is slightly different. After witnessing it myself within schools and hearing of numerous suicides due to homophobic bullying, I have been prompted to set up this charity to change the way we educate young people about diversity.
I firmly believe that by providing role models for LGBT young people, we can have a positive effect on the negative statistics. We can give them hope that a happy or successful life with loving friends and family is not out of their reach. Enabling whole classes of young people to hear from adults who have no problem with diversity sets an example and encourages all students to be empathetic and accepting.
It's a huge challenge but we have 100% faith that this will make a difference by opening minds and changing attitudes - please support us where you can!