Members of the local community joined students to celebrate Petroc’s LGBT+ History Day at the North Devon campus.
Community support groups and local emergency services raised awareness of help available for LGBT students, while Petroc’s own LGBT group raised drew attention to issues surrounding gender and sexuality.
David Chalmers, Petroc governor and North Devon Sunrise trustee, said: “Today is important for students. We are raising awareness of diversity and the LGBT issues in the college so students feel supported and feel part of a wider community.”
Petroc Student Jack represented the college’s LGBT+ Group.
“I’m the newest member of the LGBT group,” he said. “It’s a really positive atmosphere. It’s helping my confidence. I didn’t have a network at my secondary school, but it’s been really good here.”
Devon and Cornwall Police, and Devon and Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance.
Dale Collister, from Devon and Cornwall Police, was promoting the force’s LGBT network.
“I think it’s good for students to see there’s support out there,” he said. “If kids are struggling with their sexuality, it’s good for them to know there are networks.”
Community group Intagr8 raised awareness of North Devon Pride, with many students signing up to volunteer for the second annual event in June.
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