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 were really delighted to be awarded the LGBT Charter of Rights Award by LGBT Youth Scotland’s Youth and Community Development Officer, Martin Innes at a ceremony held in the College Boardroom on Tuesday 31 October. South Lanarkshire College Principal, Stewart McKillop and Vice President of the College Students’ Association, Melissa Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of College staff and students.
The LGBT Charter of Rights award helps demonstrate the positive work undertaken in the College to ensure that all environments across the College are inclusive for everyone regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. South Lanarkshire College works in Partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland and other support agencies to promote diversity and equality. LGBT Youth Scotland identified a number of key attributes at the College including a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender support banner at the College main entrance, College wide LGBT events to celebrate LGBT History Month, creating a student led LGBT focus group and assigning a LGBT designated section on the College website.
Our Principal Stewart McKillop said “We’re delighted to receive the LGBT Charter of Rights award. The College seeks to be a community where everyone is treated with respect, fairness and understanding. Achieving the LGBT Charter of rights sends a positive message that members of the LGBTI community will be included, valued, supported and fairly treated in our College. We want to promote the fact that all individuals are welcome at South Lanarkshire College, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We fundamentally believe that Love is Love”.
LGBT Youth Scotland’s Youth and Community Development Officer, Martin Innes continued “LGBT Youth Scotland is pleased to present the LGBT Charter at Foundation level to South Lanarkshire College. The Foundation level of the LGBT Charter is aimed at whole college inclusion of LGBTI identities. The work that has been carried out through training, policy development and staff/student engagement show how committed the college have been to embed LGBTI inclusion into their work, and college life. It has been a pleasure to support a dynamic college and we look forward to continuing to support South Lanarkshire College beyond the Charter”.
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