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 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 is proud to announce it was awarded the LGBT Charter of Rights by LGBT Youth Scotland, at a ceremony held on Tuesday 31 October 2017. South Lanarkshire College Principal, Stewart McKillop and Vice President of the College Students’ Association, 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. 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 and are committed to performing all our tasks as a caring and diverse community where any instances of harassment and discrimination are reported and investigated. We work in Partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland and other support agencies to promote diversity and equality.
View our journey to achieving the LGBT Charter or Rights here: www.south-lanarkshire-college.ac.uk/life-at-slc/student-services/lgbt/
We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the LGBT Silver Charter Mark by LGBT Youth Scotland. The Student Association and the College work closely together to ensure South Lanarkshire College is an inclusive place to study for all our students.
LGBT+ College Working Group
The LGBT+ Working Group is chaired by the Head of Student Services and involves cross-college representation from staff and students. Both the President and Vice-President of the Student Association regularly attend this group to ensure that the student voice is always heard. Regular meetings of this Working Group allow the College to plan and participate in a variety of LGBT+ events throughout the academic year.
In addition to the LGBT+ Working Group, the Equality Committee acts as a channel of communication where issues affecting LGBT+ people can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action. This group is chaired by the College Principal and includes student and staff representation.
As part of the ongoing work of the Committee gender neutral language has now been adopted in all college documentation.
Gender Neutral Toilets and Changing Facilities on Campus
The College has fully accessible toilets and changing facilities in the New Annexe and Main Campus.
Hygiene bins are now available in every toilet throughout the Campus.
Free sanitary products, including reusable options, are available to all students and staff via vending machines located in the toilets, as well as several collection points throughout the campus. In addition to this holiday packs are available in the lead up to all term time holidays.
Events and Activities
The College host several 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 brows for all, make-up for all, purple nails and face painting with Photography students capturing all the fun of the day. Rainbow cupcakes were also available from the canteen on the day.
During LGBT+ History Month we also held our popular Smile Mile and re-branded it Pride Stride. Led by the Student Association, a large number of our students joined the walk and showed their support by wearing rainbow shoelaces and waving the rainbow flags designed by the College. In addition to this the College held a sell-out movie night showcasing the film ‘Pride’. Free food and drink was provided to all who attended the event and it was a great success for raising LGBT+ awareness.
The College will continue to participate in the Glasgow Pride March this year with students and staff signed up to show their support.
If you would like further information or support in relation to any of the above then you can email Student.Support@slc.ac.uk and a member of the Student Services team will contact you direct.
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:
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
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland