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.
LGBT A-Z+ Group is now an established part of Student life. There are currently 33 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+ and all students to meet, socialise and discuss matters of interest.
Meetings are held every alternative week on a Wednesday (times alternate from 12-1 one week, then the following fortnight is 4-5pm, so all students can access the club)
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. Locations of these meetings can change so please email StudentAssociation@west-lothian.ac.uk to confirm location and time of meetings.
Group Leaders 2017-18
“As lead volunteer of Phoenix Support Group, the group and we wanted 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. We 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.”
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.
The Student Association are also working with West Lothian College towards completion of LGBT Charter to ensure inclusiveness and equality.
LGBT Youth Scotland is an organisation dedicated to leading in the provision of quality youth work to LGBTI young people that promotes their health and wellbeing, and to be a valued and influential partner in LGBTI equality and human rights.
Their vision is that Scotland is the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people.
Please visit their website: https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/
LGBT Youth Scotland have a dedicated contact line for anyone who needs to chat, find out more information or has a general question.
Need to chat? Text them! (Mon-Fri)
07786 202 370
LGBT Youth Scotland have compiled a comprehensive selection of advice and information, covering everything from advice for parents of LGBT people to bullying and hate crime reporting.