Rainbow cupcakes from LGBTHM 2016

Welcome to the Council's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) web pages

Here you will find information relating to LGBTQ equality in the area.  

Stop press - B&NES Council is named top Local Authority in Stonewall's 2017 Education Champions Index!  

Good practice checklist for working with trans young people - newly developed for us in B&NES by Gendered Intelligence - trans checklist 

SPACE LGBTQ Youth Group and 1-1 support for young people aged 13-21.  This project is run by Off The Record.  Weekly group meetings are held in central Bath, and the two project workers can also support young people on a 1-1 basis, as well as visiting schools and other settings to offer advice and run training sessions.  For full details see SPACE LGBT Youth Group or email alicehoyle@offtherecord-banes.co.uk or harrietrose@offtherecord-banes.co.uk or natalieretallick@offtherecord-banes.co.uk 

LGBT History month  - To see what's been going on locally and get involved, visit our LGBT History Month page

Challenging Homophobia , Biphobia and Transphobia (CHaT) Group - This group focuses on tackling homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia in schools and other settings.  Members include children's services staff, the equalities team, schools staff, young people and voluntary sector organisations.  To find out more and/or get involved, contact Louise_murphy@bathnes.gov.uk or Louise_Madden@bathnes.gov.uk;   

Stonewall Education Champions - the Council has its LGBT equality work assessed by Stonewall in their annual prestigious Education Champions Equality Index.  Following the best new entrant award in 2013, the Council was rated as the 5th best Local Authority in the 2014 Index, the number one local authority in 2015, achieved second place ranking in 2016, and are back in top place for 2017 - putting us again amongst the top local authorities in the country!

Stonewall Schools Champions - Stonewall help schools to promote a safe and inclusive learning environment.  Four of our local schools have been Stonewall School Champions for several years: Norton Hill, Chew Valley, Three Ways and St Keyna Primary.   See the case study for Chew Valley school published on the Stonewall website.  Several more schools in the B&NES area (and slighly beyond) have recently become Stonewall School Champions, by attending a training session run by Stonewall accredited trainers in B&NES.  See the list here. 

A local Film To get a flavour of what we are doing to promote LGB & T equality in our community, have a look at the film we made in 2014 'B&NES - a place to be yourself' 

Local research on LGBT communities and issues - see a report on LGBT health and inequality in B&NES published November 2014 or have a quick look at the executive summary.  Also visit the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment pages for information about the LGBT community in B&NES and their needs - JSNA LGBT issues


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