The College is dedicated to raising awareness and improving visibility of LGBT people. We’re committed to supporting students and staff to ensure there are appropriate support mechanisms in place, and that everyone is valued and included.
All policies and procedures are reviewed regularly to ensure all people are treated equally and fairly and that everyone should have access to help and advice when they need it.
LGBT Charter of Rights
We’re proud to be working towards the LGBT Charter of Rights. Demonstrating that we take LGBT equality seriously, that discrimination will be challenged, and that we have strong policies and procedures in place.
The LGBT Charter of Rights is a list of rights based on the ‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (UNCRC) and the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR). Information on the LGBT Charter of Rights can be found online at www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/charter
The college seeks to be a community where everyone is treated with respect, fairness and understanding. We recognise the complexity of issues around homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and gender identity. We’re committed to performing all our tasks as a caring and diverse community where any instances of harassment and discrimination are reported and investigated.
The Equality Committee is chaired by the College Principal and has student and staff representation. This group acts as a channel of communication where issues affecting LGBT people can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.
Gender Neutral Toilets and Changing Facilities on Campus
We’ve fully accessible toilets and changing facilities in the New Annexe and Main Campus.
Events and Activities
We host a number of events and activities during the academic session to support and promote the LGBT community.
This year, in partnership with the Student Association we held a ‘Rainbow Day’ to coincide with LGBT History Month. The College was decorated in rainbow colours, we proudly displayed our LGBT Equality banner, and staff and students had the opportunity to join in the fun by wearing rainbow ties, badges and fabulous bright clothes. We’d a number of organisations on hand to provide guidance, information and support to those individuals who wanted to find out more. There was also a tremendous amount of student engagement with Beauty Therapy and Media Make-up students providing rainbow painting for nails and faces with Photography students capturing all the fun of the day.
We’ll be participating in the Glasgow Pride March and weekend event this year with students and staff signed up to show their support.
For further information and advice on LGBT health and wellbeing visit the following links:
LGBT Youth Scotland
LGBT Health and Wellbeing
Scottish Transgender Alliance
Equality Challenge Unit – Supporting a student or member of staff who is transitioning