A new lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is hoping to wipe out homophobia in North Devon.Petroc students formed the group in December and are celebrating LGBT history month. The college is flying a rainbow flag outside this month, and on February 26 will host an event with speakers including LGBT campaigner James Wharton. Mr Wharton served alongside Prince Harry and was the first gay person to appear on the cover of the Armys Soldier magazine. The college group has 10 members and has been supported by police officer Leanne Jones. PC Jones said: As an openly gay police officer I have been fully supported myself by everyone in the force. But in the community, people arent quite so accepting and I think it is a lack of education. There are plenty of young people who dont want to come out or speak to their parents about it because they are scared of being completely outcast. Petroc student Elanor Critchley, 17, from Barnstaple, is a member of the group and said: Ive had people be mean in secondary school, but with this group I feel like I now have somewhere I belong. You can report any hate crime to the police on email@example.com.Petroc students wishing to join the LGBT support group can contact Debbie Keates on firstname.lastname@example.org.