Students from Years 7 and 8 joined our Manchester United Foundation Hub Officer, Lee Caldwell, for workshops discussing LGBT+ issues last week.
The Academy stands against discrimination in all its forms on the grounds of disability, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or religion and Lee’s session gave students the opportunity to engage in discussion around the issues faced by members of the LGBT+ community.
One Year 8 student commented, “I’m very impressed and surprised by today’s event – I feel usually in school LGBT+ events lack inclusiveness and fact – but I actually learnt a lot today and felt included.”
Lee, an LGBT+ Ambassador, said, “The sessions were really valuable today, with students getting involved in interesting discussion about LGBT+ issues, and being allies themselves. It was fitting that we held the sessions today, on what is International Non-Binary Day – a day about uplifting and celebrating inclusiveness of people across the world who identify as non-binary.”
Manchester United Football Club entered into a strategic partnership with LGBT+ equality charity Stonewall in the autumn, and signed up to their Diversity Champions programme to strengthen its work in the promotion of diversity and inclusion under its banner of ‘All Red All Equal’.
For tips on being a good ally to your non-binary and LGBTQ+ friends, family and colleagues, see this link.