As part of growing up, all young people will spend time exploring their identity and developing a sense of who they are. This will include thinking about who they are attracted to (their sexual orientation), how they feel about their gender (their gender identity), and the different ways they express their gender. Some young people will realise that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, meaning that their sexual orientation or gender identity may be different from many of their peers. Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans can feel like an extra pressure for young people at school, depending on the extent to which staff, peers and the wider school community are supportive. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people often worry that those around them, at school and at home, will react negatively to who they are, and too often experience high levels of bullying in school. This can be very damaging and leave young people feeling isolated and unable to access the support or information they need.

We know that school plays a vital role in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. This page is designed to help our school community to understand and meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. It contains practical guidance and outlines where support might be the same or different for lesbian, gay or bisexual students, and trans students. Creating an inclusive environment is a key part of making sure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people feel welcome and valued at school, and falls in with our ethos of Respect, Care and Honesty- for all.

Who can I talk to at THS if I feel I’ve been targeted with discriminatory/homophobic/racist language?

There are lots of people you can talk to at THS if you feel you need to report an issue;

  • Learning Managers
  • Ms Wells- DSL
  • Mrs Pickles
  • Your form tutor

Alternatively feel free to speak to any member of staff with whom you feel comfortable, we are all here to help you feel safe and happy.

Click here for our Pastoral page, if you need access to contact details for your Learning Manager.


Respect is a big part of learning to accept and celebrate the diversity of our community. We promote the values Respect, Care and Honesty at Todmorden High School to ensure that all students, no matter their background, feel like part of the THS family. There is some interesting information regarding the Burnley Football Club Respect Campaign, if you click on the link.

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What Does LGBTQ+ Mean?

LGBTQ+ is an initialism that means:

Queer or


People often use LGBTQ+ to mean all of the communities included in the “LGBTTTQQIAA”:


+ Pansexual
+ Agender
+ Gender Queer
+ Bigender
+ Gender Variant
+ Pangender

LGBTQ is the more commonly used term in the community; possibly because it is more user friendly! You may also hear the terms “Queer Community” or “Rainbow Community” used to describe LGBTQ2+ people. This initialism and the various terms are always evolving so don’t try to memorize the list. The most important thing is to be respectful and use the terms that people prefer.

Want to find out more? Need someone to talk to?

LGBT Foundation


Equality and human rights issues

Equality Advisory and Support Service (England, Scotland, Wales) offer free, confidential advice and support if you feel you have been discriminated against or if you feel your human rights have been breached.

Hate crime

True Vision provide advice on hate crime, how to report it, and where to get support .

GOV.UK also provides advice on how to report hate crime.

Trans health

NHS offers transgender health advice and support.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service offers health advice and support to young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity.

LGB health advice

NHS offers LGB health information and support.

Domestic abuse

Galop is a national LGB&T domestic abuse helpline.

Young people under 25

The Mix (formerly Get Connected) provide phone, email or web chat support on any issue. Also includes a comprehensive searchable directory of other LGB&T support services.

Children and young people up to the age of 19

Childline provides free, confidential advice, support and counselling on any issue.

If you require emotional support

Samaritans provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

If you need more information or guidance on your rights, the following links below might be helpful.

Gender Identity

Information on Application for a Gender Recognition Certificate (and how this interacts with marriage.)


There is a range of guidance and advice on your rights.

GOV.UK has information on discrimination and your rights.

Guidance for employers and service providers on supporting and including transgender customers and recruiting and retaining transgender staff.

Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for workers.

Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for service users.

There is also information on the Public Sector Equality Duty.

LGBTQ+ Definitions


A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females.


Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. Gay is often used to describe homosexual males but lesbians may also be referred to as gay.


Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed pansexuality.


Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. It is sometimes abbreviated to trans.


experience a gender identity inconsistent or not culturally associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.


Two-Spirit is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe gender-variant individuals in their communities, specifically people within indigenous communities who are seen as having both male and female spirits within them.


Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. Queer was originally used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires but, beginning in the late-1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word.


The questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.


Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female.


Asexuality (or nonsexuality) is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.


An Ally is a person who considers themselves a friend to the LGBTQ+ community.


Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.


Agender people, also called genderless, genderfree, non-gendered, or ungendered people are those who identify as having no gender or being without any gender identity. This category includes a very broad range of identities which do not conform to traditional gender norms.

Gender Queer

Gender Queer is an umbrella term for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity.


Bigender is a gender identity where the person moves between feminine and masculine gender identities and behaviours, possibly depending on context. Some bigender individuals express two distinct “female” and “male” personas, feminine and masculine respectively; others find that they identify as two genders simultaneously.

Gender Variant

Gender variance, or gender nonconformity, is behaviour or gender expression by an individual that does not match masculine and feminine gender norms. People who exhibit gender variance may be called gender variant, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or gender atypical, and may be transgender, or otherwise variant in their gender expression. Some intersex people may also exhibit gender variance.


Pangender people are those who feel they identify as all genders. The term has a great deal of overlap with gender queer. Because of its all-encompassing nature, presentation and pronoun usage varies between different people who identify as pangender.


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