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Students and staff at PACA are proud to introduce a LGBTU+A (anyone) group. The group is for anyone who is proud to support and respect young people’s diversity!
We aim to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable our school community to appreciate and value difference and diversity.
One major element of being an ally in schools, whoever you are, is about challenging negative language. Not all of it has homophobic, biphobic or transphobic intent, but can be just as damaging.
It isn’t all about assemblies and posters on the walls – though these help – it is more about being there in the moment. If you feel you have what it takes to be a LGBTU+A ally come get involved!
What is an LGBTU ally?
Ally – a person who supports and respects members of the LGBTU community. We consider people to be active allies who take action on in support and respect. It encompasses non-LGBT allies as well as those within the LGBT community who support each other.
LGBT – The acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans.
Non-Binary – A person whose gender identity does not fit the strict man/woman dichotomy. Some non-binary people feel that their gender identity is between man and woman, is simultaneously fully man and fully woman, changes from man to woman and back, is a separate entity without connection to man or woman, is similar to either man or woman but is not quite either, is entirely neutral, or does not exist at all.
Pansexual – Pansexuality is often confused with bisexuality. People who identify as pansexual define it in multiple ways. Some people identify as pansexual because they see ‘bisexual’ as not including non-binary tran people. Other pansexual people explain it as sexual attraction to people irrespective of gender or sex.
Trans – an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, cross-dresser, non-binary, genderqueer (GQ).
Unsure – (Questioning) – Being unsure of your gender identity, being unsure of your sexual orientation or both. Many people go through a stage of questioning during their lives, sometimes several times. This can be because they learn new words that fit them better or it can be that their actual feelings of gender or attraction change over time.
If you think you’ve got what it takes come to our LGBTU+A after school, every Thursday in the old Pastoral Office.
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) is a co-educational school for 11 to 18 year olds based in the heart of the Mile Oak Community in Portslade, Brighton.
PACA’s motto is ‘Unlocking Potential’ and we are committed to unlocking the full potential in our students and staff.