KNOX'S LGBT+ SUPPORT
At Knox, we aim to support all members of the school who identify as being part of the LGBTQI+ community. Whether this be through our inclusion program, clubs or training staff and pupils in inclusion. On this website you can find material to support yourself, or someone you know as they open up about their gender or sexuality.
LGBT+ SCHOOL CHARTER
At Knox, we are currently aiming to progress towards the LGBT School Charter Award. The LGBT Charter is a straight-forward program that enables schools to proactively improve LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) inclusion for staff and learners. This includes LGBT inclusive teaching and learning, and supporting and better understanding the experiences of your LGBT learners.
LGBT+ SUPPORT LINKS
- The LGBT Youth Support offers information about local LGBT youth groups, details about their digital support services and an advice section that's packed with useful information.
- The LGBT helpline provides information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. They are also there to support those questioning or wanting to discuss their sexuality or gender identity. You can call (0300 123 2523), email or chat with online via their LiveChat service (Tuesdays between 3-9pm).
- MYPAS LGBT+ Service - A safe friendly space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Questioning Young People. Young people from Midlothian or East Lothian can attend to chill & meet new friends, take part in activities, get support and have fun. For more information and to refer yourself click on this link. All the MYPAS services are free and confidential.
- LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND offers information about coming out and some good guides to support you in this process.
OUR LGBT+ GROUP
The LGBT+ Allies Group meets every second Wednesday Lunchtime:
Everyone: 13:05-13:45pm (lunchtime) in Ms Stobies room.
We have recently appointed inclusion ambassador roles to some S6 pupils who have worked extremely hard through their time at school to increase the support for LGBT individuals. These pupils strive to make Knox inclusive for ALL people in the building and are pushing very hard to support pupils who identify as LGBT.
For the 2022/23 session, these pupils are:
Stefanie Dobrescu-Parr, S6
"Hi! I'm Stef, an inclusion ambassador in S6. I've seen news stories around the world of pupils not receiving the help they needed from their schools and peers. I didn't want this to happen at Knox. This made me really passionate about wanting to make positive changes to our school, in order to support all aspects of diversity."
THE NATIONAL PARENT FORUM OF SCOTLAND
The National Parent Forum of Scotland provides information for parents and carers on LGBT inclusive education. LGBT inclusive education means that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) themes and people are included across subjects/courses and year-groups in the Curriculum for Excellence.
This information explains what’s happening in schools to make sure that all young people:
- See themselves, their families and the world around them in what they learn
- Understand their right to be respected for who they are
- Appreciate and respect difference in other people