College Council launches Proud Priestley

STUDENTS have set up the first LGBTQ group at Priestley College to give members of the community a place to talk and support one another.

James Edwards, who is 17, and other members of the College Council organise the meetings on Monday afternoons.

“People are more open about their sexuality and in general there is far more acceptance, but there are still those who need support,” he said.

“One of our aims is to offer that support as well as help educate people about trans issues.”

Proud Priestley was set up with the support of Tags Warrington, a local support group for the LGBTQ community.

Nearly 20 students attended the first meeting and many opened up about their experiences or offered support to others.

College leaders are looking forward to working closely with the group to further enhance support for the LGBTQ community.

Senior Tutor Mark Salmon said: “The College Council have worked hard to set up the group in response to student surveys that revealed a demand for it.

“Proud Priestley reflects our commitment as a college to be inclusive and offer equal opportunities to everyone.

“We are looking forward to building on the excellent start that has been made and look forward to welcoming new members as the group becomes more established.”