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Bobby Norris from The Only Way is Essex and TV presenter Elliot Mason Wright on hand to give talks at West Suffolk College LGBTQ+ awareness event



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Speakers including a social media influencer and reality TV star were on hand to talk at a West Suffolk College online LGBTQ+ awareness event this week.

The hour-long session saw media students from the college in Bury St Edmunds ask both Bobby Norris from The Only Way is Essex and Elliot Mason Wright, influencer and TV presenter, about the positives and negatives of social media, mental health and 'coming out'.

TOWIE star Bobby also discussed his current involvement in a campaign, which he has taken to MP's in Westminster, which would bring in a law making homophobic trolling illegal.

Bobby Norris. Picture submitted
Bobby Norris. Picture submitted

However, his general message was of positivity and encouragement.

“I’d like to encourage people to be themselves and be comfortable with who they are, because who they are is simply perfect," he said.

"Be proud and continue to live your best life."

Elliot Mason Wright. Picture submitted
Elliot Mason Wright. Picture submitted

Elliot Mason Wright, who became the first teenage boy social media influencer to take part in a campaign for women’s clothing, said: "I wanted to give insight into the real life of being an LGBTQ+ influencer.

"It was great to speak to young people at the college and try and share my story whilst supporting them on their journeys."

Elliot and Bobby were also joined by Andy Fell from Outreach Youth, a charity that works with the LGBTQ+ community in Suffolk.

He stressed the importance of events raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues such as this.

Andy Fell, from Outreach Youth. Picture submitted
Andy Fell, from Outreach Youth. Picture submitted

"It was impressive to see how students engaged and a really nice opportunity to share what we are doing to support young people in the LGBTQ+ community across Suffolk," he said.

"It was a fantastic initiative.

"The impact of an event like this cannot be underestimated."

Mike Opukah, business lecturer at West Suffolk College. Picture by West Suffolk College
Mike Opukah, business lecturer at West Suffolk College. Picture by West Suffolk College

Mike Opukah, business lecturer at West Suffolk College, organised the event.

He thanked the guests for their insights and reiterated the college's commitment to 'celebrating our diverse community and championing equality for everyone.'

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