Coun­cil‘s award for LGBT sup­port

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Talking Politics - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Schools and ser­vices across Mon­k­lands have helped North La­nark­shire’s ed­u­ca­tion, youth and com­mu­ni­ties ser­vice to gain char­ter- mark sta­tus from LGBT Youth Scot­land.

The foun­da­tion- level award is in recog­ni­tion of the sup­port of­fered to les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der pupils and staff.

It was pre­sented by LGBT Youth Scot­land rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cara Spence and Graeme Lea-Ross, and fol­lows 18 months of work across the au­thor­ity.

Coun­cil as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive Is­abelle Boyd said: “A staff sur­vey showed that ho­mo­pho­bic, bi­pho­bic or trans­pho­bic bul­ly­ing was an is­sue, so we or­gan­ised train­ing and aware­ness events to in­crease per­sonal knowl­edge and com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing col­leagues.

“The award recog­nises work un­der­taken by ed­u­ca­tion, youth and com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port the LGBT com­mu­nity.”

Award­ing panel mem­bers praised “con­sis­tency of mes­sages” across the coun­cil and “con­sis­tent and con­stant ac­tiv­i­ties and events to keep LGBT on the agenda”.

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