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Borders College awarded LGBT Charter Mark

Borders College has been awarded the LGBT Charter Mark from LGBT Youth Scotland, in recognition of its high standard of support for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The  College have demonstrated their commitment towards LGBT inclusion since 2008, when they were first awarded the LGBT Charter Mark and over the last 12 months have undertaken a review of the progress they have made with LGBT Youth Scotland. 

In order to be eligible for the Charter Mark award, organisations and groups must demonstrate they have met a list of criteria outlined in the LGBT Charter of Rights, to create a more diverse and inclusive service for LGBT people.  The necessary measures outlined in the checklist include staff training about LGBT inclusion, the provision of a facility for LGBT individuals to leave feedback, the specific mention of LGBT people in organisational policies, and the continuous assessment and monitoring of LGBT work.

LGBT Youth Scotland made the presentation to College Principal, Liz McIntyre who received the LGBT Charter Mark Award on behalf of the College at a reception attended by students, staff, local Councillors and representatives from the Scottish Borders LGBT Forum on Wednesday 22nd May.

Commenting on the award, Vice Principal David Killean said, "We are committed to a culture at the College that promotes equality and we believe our campuses are welcoming and safe for all people, allowing them to be themselves. We are very committed to supporting LGBT people and are very please to be receiving this award as a public recognition of our commitment and efforts". 

 Karen Wilson from LGBT Youth Scotland said: “We are delighted to award the Charter Mark to Scottish Borders College in demonstration of their continuing commitment to including and supporting LGBT people.  We look forward to working with the College in the future, and supporting them to build on the great work they have done”. 

Borders College is the sole Further Education College in trhe Scottish Borders region. 

 

To find out more about the LGBT Charter of Rights click here.