LGBT+ Phoenix Support

Two years ago, 2014 a group of students approached the West Lothian College Students Association and requested that we support them to establish their very own LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender+) Group. The Student Association liaised with Stonewall and LGBT Youth Scotland to coordinate a meeting. This led to a small group being founded within the College for LGBT+ Students. The Student Association assisted with the Marketing and promotion of the group, whilst the students led and developed it.

Phoenix Support LGBT+ Group is now an established part of Student life. There are currently 13 members and the group is growing at a steady pace. This is a student run support group which wants to provide a safe space for LGBT+ students to meet, socialise and discuss matters of interest.

Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Monday of EVERY Month 4.15-6.30pm, Terrace 2, First Floor Room 12.

The meetings consist of workshops, sexual health advice, socialising with like-minded people, organisation of events and other LGBT+ activities.

If you would like to come along and meet people in the community or are questioning your own sexuality or gender and would like to talk to people who may have experienced the same feelings you are having, please feel free to come along. We are here to help and listen no matter what your situation is. Our aim is to bring our community together.

No need to book, just turn up or pop into the meeting.

Barrie Johnston and Karen McKeown- Group Leaders

“As lead volunteer of Phoenix Support Group, the group and I would like to ensure that there is a safe space within the College where people in the LGBT+ community can go and meet others and feel comfortable to talk about their feelings and experiences. I would also like to put workshops in place to talk about the community and the issues people in the LGBT+ community have experienced in the past. We will welcome any student within West Lothian College so feel free to come along.” Barrie Johnston

How does the College support the LGBT+ Community?

West Lothian has a range of policies which ensure that Students, Staff and Visitors are treated equally. The college values diversity and aims to advocate in having equal opportunities and to end discrimination within the College.

West Lothian College have an Equality Committee, where a member of our Student Association attends to represent the Student view and perspective.

If you would like more information please contact the Student Association directly or email Phoenix directly phoenixlgbtwlc@gmail.com