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Celebrating LGBT History Month at Bannerman

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It is always a pleasure to visit my old school, Bannerman High in Garrowhill, but particularly so to mark Purple Friday with them.

Named after the purple stripe in the Rainbow Flag which represents spirit, Purple Friday is an annual day organised by LGBT Youth Scotland to raise awareness and funds which will support young LGBTI people across Glasgow East and the rest of Scotland.

Taking place on the last Friday of LGBT history month in February, Purple Friday has become a major event for schools and youth groups right across the country. It celebrates the spirit of the LGBTI community and harnesses the support of their allies.

I'm very grateful to the school's LGBTQIA+ group for taking time out to meet with me and to discuss not only the work they're doing to promote equality, but to teach me a bit more about how I can be a better ally to them as their local elected representative.

It is really refreshing to see so much support for the group and the LGBTI community right across the school. Every teacher and member of staff seems to be doing an outstanding job in promoting values of tolerance, equality and wellbeing.

I'm looking forward to visiting the group again soon to hear more about the work they're doing. These young activists are truly commendable in their efforts to make their school a welcome and inclusive environment for all.