It's not only lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students who are affected by homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying or language - anyone perceived as different can be targeted. Colleges, with their diverse students, can be especially challenging environments for tackling these issues.
one in three lesbian, gay and bisexual young people who are bullied consider changing their future educational plans
Colleges often include students of different ages and cultures and with different levels of understanding. Students may be taking full or part-time courses on site, visiting the college for short or one-off courses, undertaking work placements or learning remotely. This means that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to promoting diversity in a college and that the approach needed is often different to that used in secondary schools and sixth forms.
LGBT students entering college may have experienced bullying previously at school. The School Report found that one in three lesbian, gay and bisexual young people who are bullied consider changing their future educational plans because of it, for instance by deciding not to go to university or college. Colleges which take steps to combat homophobic bullying and promote their work in this area, will encourage these young people to carry on in education and to apply to study at their institutions.
How to get involved
This area of our work is currently under development. Many further and higher education institutions are members of our Diversity Champions programme - see this page for more information. Alternatively, please ring 0131 474 8019 to speak to a member of our programmes team.