Stockport College values the ideas and opinions of all students. In our Equalities Council, you’ll have a platform to express your views on local and national issues, and even take ideas to local government to be presented to Stockport Council government officials. You can engage with the British Youth Council and respond to the Make your Mark campaign. Engagement with political literacy and democracy supports our college values and British values.
On top of all that is the opportunity to volunteer and support our local community with our trusted community partners. Interested? Then get involved, build your critical thinking and presentation skills, make links with your local community, and support your career development and work-ready skills.
For more information and to get involved email the student engagement lead Michelle Mclaughlin on Michelle.Mclaughlin@tcg.ac.uk or visit student services.
What will you do
Represent your peers on college issues
Decide on college wide campaigns
Debate with local councils and MPs
Make a positive change to your education
Green College Assembly
The Green College Assembly is here to make your ideas and suggestions about creating a greener, safer world a reality for our college and local communities. It only takes two minutes to change the world, to show how small changes in our lives can make a huge difference. Through the Green College Assembly we lead young people’s discussions through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the environmental issues you are passionate about. For more information and to get involved email the student engagement lead Michelle Mclaughlin on Michelle.Mclaughlin@tcg.ac.uk or visit student services.
What will you do
Supporting a greener, safer environment
Get involved in developing green spaces
Become an ambassador
Be part of the leadership programme
Learn new skills to boost your CV
The LGBTQ+ Social group members are a vibrant, supportive group of students wanting to make a difference and promote inclusivity across Stockport College. The group meets up on a weekly basis and provides a space for students and staff, LGBTQ+ or not, to discuss issues, observe special days, organise trips and to just sit and chat with like-minded people. Since forming, members have visited numerous groups, organisations and social events for inspiration. They have walked in Manchester Pride, held Stockport and Stockport College Pride events and have observed awareness days. LGBTQ+ social meetings are every Thursday at 3.00 p.m. to get involved email Jayne Hickey email@example.com
Homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crimes / incidents are motivated by the offender’s hostility or prejudice towards lesbian, gay, bi or trans people. Anyone can be a victim of a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic incident – it does not matter if the victim is lesbian, gay, bi, trans or straight. It is a hate crime if someone shouts homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse at someone in the street, or physically attacks them because they think they’re gay, lesbian, bi or trans. Report it
If you feel you have experienced a hate crime or incident, report it. The police can only do something if they know about it. By reporting a crime or an incident you could be protecting someone else from harm. There are a number of ways to report a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime or incident:
In an emergency call 999
At other times you can contact your local police force by dialling 101
You can report crime anonymously through the police website True Vision
‘Coming out’ means telling someone something about yourself that isn’t immediately obvious. In relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, this means sharing with others that you are lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans, non-binary etc. (LGBTQ+). The process of coming out can be very different for everyone and it can take some time to get to a point where you feel comfortable and confident enough to have those conversations with people.
There are many different ways to come out, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. If you are thinking about coming out then it’s important that you find a way that feels right for you. For information, help, support and resources on coming out visit Stonewall.org.uk
What follows is a by-no-means inclusive list of vocabulary.
Agender Agender people (also called genderless, genderfree, non-gendered, or ungendered people) are those who identify as having no gender or being without any gender identity. This category includes a very broad range of identities which do not conform to traditional gender norms. Ally An ally is a person who considers themselves a friend to the LGBTQ+ community. Asexual Asexuality (or nonsexuality) is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality. Bigender Bigender is a gender identity where the person moves between feminine and masculine gender identities and behaviours, possibly depending on context. Some bigender individuals express two distinct “female” and “male” personas, feminine and masculine respectively; others find that they identify as two genders simultaneously. Bisexual Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed pansexuality. Gay Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. Gay is still sometimes used as an umbrella term, but these days, it also refers specifically to men, as in “gay men and lesbians”.
Gender Queer Gender queer is an umbrella term for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity. Gender Variant Gender variance, or gender nonconformity, is behaviour or gender expression by an individual that does not match masculine and feminine gender norms. People who exhibit gender variance may be called gender variant, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or gender atypical, and may be transgender, or otherwise variant in their gender expression. Some intersex people may also exhibit gender variance. Intersex Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Lesbian A lesbian is a female homosexual; a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females. Pangender Pangender people are those who feel they identify as all genders. The term has a great deal of overlap with gender queer. Because of its all-encompassing nature, presentation and pronoun usage varies between different people who identify as pangender.
Pansexual Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others. Queer
Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. Queer was originally used in a derogative way against those with same-sex desires but, beginning in the late-1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word. Questioning The questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons. Transgender Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It is sometimes abbreviated to trans. Transsexual Experience a gender identity inconsistent or not culturally associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.