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Stonewall Recognise Students’ Work to Promote Diversity


Bishop’s Stortford College Sixth Formers recently attended the Stonewall Young Campaigners Award ceremony, hosted by the Lloyds Banking Group at The Lloyds Building in London. The students, representing the Rainbow Project, were presented with a School Award by Stonewall in recognition of their work to reduce homophobia, biphobia and transphobia over the last year.

The Rainbow Project is a student-led initiative at the College, designed to ensure that prejudice and discrimination are never tolerated in the College community and to raise awareness of national and international issues surrounding equality and diversity. The Project representatives were overjoyed to be presented with their award by renowned actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Sixth Former Didi described how inspiring he found the interviews with the panel of guests at the event. “Their stories not only left us in awe, but enlightened us particularly on the personal issues that are involved in coming out. The sharing of their journeys made us reflect on how we can keep improving the Rainbow Project, so that we can support each other and continue to promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance within the College community.”

After receiving their award, the students encouraged their College peers to get involved with the Rainbow Project, saying that it has “provided us with experiences that will stay with us for life, and we hope that the club will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Published: May 26 2017

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