Petroc staff and students make human rainbow to mark start of LGBT+ History Month

Staff and students from Petroc gathered outside the college’s North Devon Campus this morning (February 1, 2019), dressed in the colours of the rainbow, to celebrate the beginning of LGBT+ History Month and raise the LGBT+ flag.

The flag, which is recognised as the international symbol for LGBT+ causes, was raised by the college’s Governor, David Chalmers, who is a member of Petroc’s EDI committee. It will remain in front of the main campus building throughout February.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution members of the LGBT+ community have made to society throughout history,” said David.

“Last year we saw our first pride march in Barnstaple and here at Petroc I am really proud of what we do as a college to support LGBT+ students and staff,” he added.

As part of LGBT+ History Month the college’s Student Union and the LGBT+ group are organising a number of events. On the 25th, Helen Belcher, a well-known and highly-regarded campaigner for LGBT+ equality, will be delivering a talk at the college, and a number of local organisations will have stands on site to give advice and share information.

The LGBT+ group is also running a campaign throughout February to encourage staff and students to sign a pledge, to show their support for their LGBT+ colleagues and peers. In addition, the college is forming a LGBT+ network for staff.

Debbie Keates, a student support worker at Petroc who also runs the LGBT+ group, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people outside the college this morning, despite the bad weather, showing their support and raising awareness. It means a lot to know we have allies within the community.”