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College hosts annual Navajo Awards

The college played host to this year’s Navajo Annual Awards Ceremony recently which celebrates businesses who, through action, have shown commitment to improving lives and experiences of men and women across Merseyside and Cheshire regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

North Liverpool Citizens Advice Bureau, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Quality Protects Children QPC were the latest in a long line of organisations to be awarded the Navajo Merseyside Charter mark in recognition of their contribution to raising standards for lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex (LGBTI) people in terms of employment and accessing services. They join more than one hundred institutions across the North West who currently hold Navajo status.

The aim of Navajo is to encourage both private and public sector organisations to make a commitment to LGBTI equality through their working practises and policies and to move forward on the agenda of working towards a society that is free of ignorance and prejudice.

Patrick Vernon OBE, keynote speaker at the event, said: “It’s great to see so many big organisations pledge their commitment to support the rights of those in a minority who are often victims of prejudice and hate crimes. We need to work together on a consistent approach to educate people in the actions needed to combat behaviours and prevent intolerance of those vulnerable sections of society.”

The City of Liverpool College was the first college in the North West to achieve the charter mark in 2012 for its commitment to LGBTI equality through changes to its policies and practices, training, staff recruitment and student and staff engagement.

This is the third year the college has hosted the Navajo Awards ceremony which took place at its flagship Learning Exchange building on Roscoe Street.

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