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LGBT Chartermark Update - April 2022

We have been continuing with our planned work and activities to achieve the Silver LGBT Charter; this forms part of our work towards becoming a more inclusive and accessible service. Earlier this year, our staff and Board members undertook awareness training through LGBT Youth Scotland; the training was really engaging and insightful, and we all took a lot away from it.

We have continued to make use of social media for celebration and activism on key dates, including Trans Day of Remembrance, LGBT History Month, and a sponsored walk with young volunteers for Purple Friday. We have planned social media posts and events coming up for International Day of Trans Visibility. International day against homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, Pride month, Bisexual Visibility Day, and National Coming Out Day. We will also be taking part in Shetland Pride on 2nd July 2022 and plan to hold our own small, event for survivors linked to Pride.

We believe it’s important that LGBTI+ survivors don’t feel silenced about what’s happened to them or what support they need. It is important that LGBTI+ people see their identities, experiences and issues reflected in information about sexual violence.

We hope that by working towards the Silver LGBT Charter, we to send a positive message that the Compass Centre is a champion of LGBT inclusion where LGBT employees, customers, or service users will be safe, supported and included. We plan to submit our Chartermark application later this year.

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