Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Welcome to the pages for Mearns Castle High School’s
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity improvement team pages.

We hope to share relevant information and feature the organisations who have supported the work that has been carried out so far in the school.

We have chosen to focus on these three key areas for the work we are developing with this improvement team:
Sexual Orientation is about who we are physically and emotionally attracted to;
Gender Identity is about our sense of self and what we identify as; and
Gender Expression is about how we go about expressing our gender identity through appearance, dress and behaviour.

You can click the link to the page for each of the years that we have been celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month



Click the logo above and you will be taken to the most up to date definitions list.

If you click the poster above you will be take to a page that offers advice and support for anyone who is thinking about coming out.

Supportive LGBTQ+ Organisations can be found
if you click on the logo above.

There organisations have been really supportive of the work carried out in Mearns Castle High School and have agreed for us to add links to their organisations here.

National and International celebratory and memorial days have been developed by many organisations since the Stonewall uprising in New York City in 1969.

Click on the Rainbow Calendar icon above to be taken to this page.


Over the past couple of years, the improvement team which includes young people and staff have been developing materials for display in classrooms and around the school to challenge some of the negative language used and to help dispell any myths surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.

These posters can be accessed if you click here.


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