LGBTQ

We’re passionate about equality across our entire College, and we’re committed to supporting the diversity of our students, teachers, staff and visitors. We’re proud to support the LGBTQ community.

A safe and supportive environment

At Hugh Baird College, we’re committed to promoting and safeguarding all the characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.

Several of these are in respect to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) community. We do not tolerate any discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, or gender reassignment.

We want Hugh Baird College to be a safe and supportive environment for every individual.

LGBTQ

Our Student Services team (The POD) has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Oftsed, and we provide a whole host of dedicated help and advice to anyone in the LGBTQ community. Our advisers are specially training in transgender awareness to provide support through a transition journey.

We hold the Navajo Charter Mark in recognition of our commitment and knowledge of the specific needs, issues and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Navajo Merseyside & Cheshire LGBT Charter Mark is an equality mark sponsored by In-Trust Merseyside & Sefton Embrace and supported by the LGBTQ Community networks across Merseyside.

If you feel like you have been the victim of a hate crime, you can access the 'Stop Hate UK' button from the desktop on any computer in Hugh Baird College.

Your concern goes straight to the Hate Crime reporting services in your local area. Alternatively, you can visit the Stop Hate UK website.

We work in partnership with these services and with the Sigma Unit of Merseyside Police and together, we will be able to take a collaborative approach to stop hate crime in our local area.

You can also always speak to Student Services if you ever feel unfairly treated, intimidated or bullied in any way. Or, you can send a confidential message to the safeguarding officers at Hugh Baird College by emailing safeguarding@hughbaird.ac.uk.

We hold regular information workshops for students, parents and carers who would like to find out more about LGBTQ and the support we offer.

We can also provide individual support sessions for anyone who may be experiencing sexuality or gender related difficulties.

We’re always looking for student advocates to take a more active role in the promotion of LGBTQ issues across Hugh Baird College.

Join our LGBTQ focus group by emailing janine.hopewell@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Local Support Groups

Along with support at the College, we can recommend lots of other local groups that can be a great place to get additional help, support or guidance for students, parents and carers. If you don’t wish to attend a group, you can also call Merseyside LGBT foundation support line on 0345 330 3030 for advice and support.

Sefton Sexual Health Service provide sexual health services across the communities of Sefton. The service is free and confidential for everyone and they offer a choice of walk-in or appointment clinics, along with designated under 25 only sessions.

You can state your preference to be seen by either male or female staff, and the service will do their best to accommodate your wishes based on staff availability.

The services they provide include all contraceptive methods, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatments including HIV, free condoms and pregnancy tests.

In addition, Sefton Sexual Health Service also have referral clinics for psycho-sexual counselling and erectile dysfunction. Community gynaecology is available in South Sefton by GP referral. The clinic service is supported by a clinical outreach service (referral only) and sexual health promotion team.

Call 01704 513 303 for more information.

For young people who have identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning their sexuality. Aged 11-23.

Call 07479 657 135 or email sue.logie2@sefton.gov.uk for more information.

The Armistead is a free and confidential sexual health promotion service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and for male and female sex workers.

For further information or about groups held at Armistead please call Armistead’s Helpline on 0151 247 6560.

LGBT Foundation, formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Their aim is to achieve change with and on behalf of LGBT people and continue to meet their needs by providing vital services.

Visit LGBT Foundation for more information.