Flying the Flag

NPTC Group of Colleges celebrating LGBT History Month by holding a variety of events across all its sites with the help of its student representatives.

The events were co-organised by LGBT reps with the guidance from Senior Student Involvement and Diversity Officer Cath Elms.

The sessions were open to anyone who identifies as LGBT+, are allies to the community, or are undecided/questioning and would like to learn more.

Cath added: “We are delighted to work with our Student Union to run a suite of events celebrating LGBT History Month. Social events are important for our LGBT+ students to meet each other, make new friends, and campaign together on the issues that matter to them. Raising awareness of LGBT+ issues to our student body and staff is also vitally important, as everyone in the college plays a part in creating an inclusive and welcoming culture.”

LGBT History Month aims to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, raise awareness of the challenges that LGBT+ people still face, and call for everyone to contribute to an LGBT+ inclusive society.

It is celebrated every February, to commemorate the 2003 abolition of Section 28, a law introduced in 1988 that banned schools and colleges from portraying homosexuality in a positive light.

The LGBT reps include Brecon Beacons College’s Stephen Davies, Neath College’s: Cori Collins and Monty Berzinis and Afan College’s  Daniel Rees.