Stonewall Champion School
Stonewall's School Champions programme is a network of primary and secondary schools across the country working together and with Stonewall to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
"Young people have a lot to think about growing up. Exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. However, it isn't always easy to know how best to support a young person as they begin to think about who they are nor obvious how to make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish at school.
Through our work with hundreds of schools across Britain, we know that many schools are already taking vital steps to make sure the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students are met."
Chief Executive, Stonewall
In our efforts to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young person feels supported to be themselves at school, our school aims to promote and respect diversity and the acceptance of that. By becoming a Stonewall Champion, we are beginning to reach that state, which will display to both the oldest Sixth Formers and the youngest Year 7s alike that we, as a united school, show kindness and empathy towards everyone who falls under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.
Our aim is to provide a happy and healthy school environment where every young person, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, is able to reach their full potential and feels accepted without exception. Becoming a Stonewall Champion will be the first step in achieving this aim.
The following publications, websites and services may be helpful for staff, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people and their parents/carers.
For Parents/Carers & Families
- Gendered Intelligence is an organisation that works to increase the quality of trans people's lives and to raise awareness of trans people's needs. Their website hosts an online group for parents/carers of young trans people aged 13-25, a 'Guide for Parents and Families of Young Trans People', and 'Parents and Family Members of Trans People in the UK – A Report on the Issues' — genderedintelligence.co.uk
- Families and friends of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (FFLAG) provides support for parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual children. The website offers resources, stories from parents of LGB young people and information on local parent groups — fflag.org.uk
- Mermaids offers support to trans children and young people up to 19 years old and their families, friends and schools. Parents/carers can access support, information and friendship groups online — mermaidsuk.org.uk
- NHS choices website – think your child might be transgender?
Information and guidance for parents/carers who think their child may be trans or whose child has just come out as trans — nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria
For LGBT Young People
- R U Coming Out A website where LGBT people share their coming out stories — RUcomingout.com
- PACE is an LGBT+ mental health charity offering a range of face-to-face and online services. The website hosts publications and factsheets on subjects including mental wellbeing, health and LGBT rights, religion and LGBT issues. They offer face-to-face, online/email, and telephone counselling for young people — pacehealth.org.uk
- Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing 49 services for young people nationwide. Their website includes information pages on gender identity and sexual orientation, contraception, health and wellbeing and staying safe online, and a text and web chat service — brook.org.uk/your-life
- Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline Information, support and referral service for LGBT people including online messaging and phone service — switchboard.lgbt/help
- Albert Kennedy Trust is an organisation supporting LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or are living in a hostile environment — akt.org.uk
- ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. Young people can contact ChildLine via email, message boards or phone and access advice and information online — childline.org.uk
For Trans Young People
- Gendered Intelligence provides guidance for trans young people including A Guide For Young Trans People in the UK, Trans Youth Sexual Health Booklet, Capturing Journeys report and online information as part of their Knowledge is Power project — genderedintelligence.co.uk
- Gendered Intelligence and Galop Free to be Me project exploring hate crime and trans rights — genderedintelligence.co.uk/trans-youth/resources
- Mermaids hosts an online forum for trans young people aged 13-19 — mermaidsuk.org.uk
- Mermaids Where do the Mermaids stand? Poetry, prose, artwork and personal stories by trans children, young people and their parents — mermaidsuk.org.uk/index.php/young-voices
- Beyond the Binary A submission-based website which aims to give non-binary people the opportunity to share their experiences — beyondthebinary.co.uk
- MyGenderation is an on-going documentary project exploring gender variance set up to record the different experiences and perspectives of trans people — mygenderation.com