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. B&NES Council was 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 LGBT+ Youth Group and 1-1 support for young people aged 13-21 - and also a group for under 13s. SPACE is run by Off The Record. Weekly group meetings are held in central Bath, and the 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. The 'Outer Space' youth group also runs fortnightly in the Somer Valley area. Off The Record also run a monthly 'Space to be' for under 13s who are trans, gender variant or questioning - and their parents. For full details visit SPACE LGBT Youth Group or email Space@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 has focused on tackling homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia in schools and other settings. Members include Council staff 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 had its LGBT equality work assessed by Stonewall in their 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 was back in top place for 2017
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