To promote equality and diversity for LGBT History Month, a series of events and workshops were organised including a production of the play The Laramie Project; a self-produced ‘It Gets Better’ video and a LGBT Role Model Conference.
Myra added: “Each of the activities was aimed to expose the prejudices often facing individuals due to their sexuality but with messages of how with support from loved ones it does get better and they are not alone. Our LGBT History Month events made an impact on the college as there has been a reduction in the number of reported incidences of bullying against our LGBT community. This is fantastic news and I’d like to take the time to congratulate those involved in offering a support network in the college and giving Edinburgh College the opportunity to be nationally recognised for such a rewarding cause.”
Planning is underway for next year’s LGBT History Month event and the college is examining whether the lessons learned from this approach can be used to address and discuss other issues of Equality and Diversity.
Edinburgh College was formed as a result of merger between Edinburgh’s Telford College, Jewel & Esk College and Stevenson College Edinburgh. As a £60m business, it is the biggest FE college in Scotland and accommodates more than 35,000 students – the biggest student body in Edinburgh.