Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)

The College is dedicated to raise awareness and improve visibility of LGBT people.  We are 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

The College is 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 are committed to performing all our tasks as a caring and diverse community where any instances of harassment and discrimination are reported and investigated.

View the LGBT Charter of Rights

Equality Committee

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

The College have fully accessible toilets and changing facilities in the New Annexe and Main Campus.

Events and Activities

The College 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 ‘Purple Friday’ event to coincide with LGBT History Month.  The College was decorated in purple colours, we proudly displayed our LGBT Equality banner, and staff and students had the opportunity to join in the fun by wearing something purple to show their support.  We had 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 purple nails and faces with Photography students capturing all the fun of the day.

The College will be participating in the Glasgow Pride March and weekend event this year with students and staff signed up to show their support.

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are raising awareness of LGBT rights in mental health services and have produced guidelines to help support this. LGBT Inclusive Mental Health Services guidance can be accessed using the link below:

http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/356012/lgbt_inclusive_mental_health_services.pdf

For further information and advice on LGBT health and wellbeing visit the following links:

External Links

LGBT Youth Scotland
http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

LGBT Health and Wellbeing
http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk

Scottish Transgender Alliance
http://www.scottishtrans.org/

Equality Challenge Unit – Supporting a student or member of staff who is transitioning
http://www.ecu.ac.uk/publications/supporting-transitioning-guide/

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/