March 7th 2014
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland has commissioned a project exploring prejudice-based bullying and harassment in schools, which is being conducted by researchers from LGBT Youth Scotland and respectme. As part of this project we are conducting two anonymous surveys.
March 4th 2014
LGBT Youth Scotland is delighted to be launching its new Education Campaign today, Shh! Silence helps homophobia. This campaign will run through all of LGBT Youth Scotland's Education activities for 2014 - 15.
March 4th 2014
LGBT Youth Scotland and its predecessor organisation has been working with LGBT young people for 25 years, during which time a lot has changed for LGBT people in Scotland, however lots remains to be done. LGBT Youth Scotland makes a positive impact on the lives of LGBT young people, today we are launching our impact report, Transforming Lives, which clearly evidences the impact the charity is having on young people’s lives. Today also marks the launch of our Silence Helps Homophobia campaign which is our new campaign to continue work in schools to challenge homophobia; in addition, we want to raise awareness of Time for T.E.A. the National Youth Council’s campaign for transgender awareness in education. Trustees, staff, volunteers, supporters and partner organisations will be joined by Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, today in Edinburgh to celebrate this important milestone for the charity.
February 27th 2014
‘The work of LGBT Youth Scotland, makes a significant contribution to young people’s health, wellbeing and learning’. These are the words of Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People in the foreword to our new report ‘Transforming Lives’. LGBT Youth Scotland is proud to announce the launch of this national impact report which will be launched formally by the Minister for Children and Young People, as part of the LGBT Youth Scotland 25th Anniversary celebration on March 4th.
February 24th 2014
We are delighted to announce new postcards and a series of 5 badges.
These can be used for events, training or workshops.
February 19th 2014
Can you help us understand more about young peoples view's on relationships and sexual health in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area?
February 6th 2014
Out of History, Into the Classroom: Promoting LGBT History Month within Schools, College and Universities
We believe that prejudice and discrimination should be challenged every day, but having a specific LGBT History Month provides a valuable opportunity for schools to think about the ways in which they can promote inclusion. No matter how small, change can really make a difference.
Read on for some small steps you can make in your school, college or university to make a big difference this LGBT History Month.
February 5th 2014
On Tuesday the 4th of February 2014, the Scottish Parliament considered the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at a Stage 3 debate. This was the final stage of consideration and MSPs passed the Bill 105 votes to 18, making Scotland the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
Earlier in the day, the Equality Network organised an equal marriage rally outside the Scottish Parliament. LGBT Youth Scotland supported 12 young people from several areas across Scotland to attend the rally and debate.
January 29th 2014
The Equality Network are coordinating a Rally outside the Scottish Parliament on the day that the Scottish Parliament will hold its final vote on whether to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. LGBT Youth Scotland are supporting and attending this Rally, we want to urge MSPs to support LGBT equality and pass equal marriage into law. This is our final opportunity to show MSPs the strength of support that exists for equal marriage.
January 27th 2014
LGBT History Month 2014 is almost upon us! We’d like to invite you to our launch event at the home of Scotland’s stories, The Scottish Storytelling Centre.The event will be opened by Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, followed by a sample of the wide range of events happening across Scotland throughout February and the opportunity to meet Zoe Strachan and Garry Mac, our Cultural Commissions recipients for 2014. We’ll also be debuting a special Cultural Commission on the night.
January 20th 2014
FAQ Scotland release new reports on the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men.
January 15th 2014
We are very excited to announce the launch of the LGBT History Month programme for February 2014
December 18th 2013
Our offices will be closed from 4pm on Friday 20th December 2013 and will re-open at 9am on Monday 6th January 2014.
November 22nd 2013
Wednesday 20th November 2013 marked an important day in Scotland's campaign for equality, as MSPs voted to pass Stage 1 of the Scottish Goverment's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill. With 98 voting yes to 15 no and 5 abstentions, it was a fantastic result and testiment to all the hard work of everyone involved in the campaign. The Bill now enters Stage 2 of ammedments, with the final Stage 3 expected to occur in February next year.
November 22nd 2013
RespectMe launched a new campaign 'Before you give advice, get some' at their national conference on Tuesday 19th December in Glasgow. Young people from LGBT Youth Scotland supported this event, by sharing personal experiences of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and encouraging educators and youth workers to continue to challenge this behaviour.
November 22nd 2013
Stirling and District Women's Aid has been awarded the LGBT Charter Mark in recognition of its high standard of work to improve access to its service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
November 20th 2013
Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, where we recognise and remember those lost to hate, ignorance and prejudice. Transgender Europe's Transgender Murder Project reports 238 murders of Trans* people in the past year across the world. On the 20th November each year we celebrate their lives and pledge to fight on for full Trans* inclusion in Scotland and beyond.
November 13th 2013
Sikh Sanjog has been awarded the LGBT Charter Mark from LGBT Youth Scotland in recognition of its work to improve access to its services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
November 8th 2013
On Thursday 14th November LGBT Youth Scotland will host the SWAN LGBT professional network at our Edinburgh offices. SWAN provides networking opportunities for people across different sectors and support for LGBT people in Scotland.
November 5th 2013
Are you under 25 years old, a college or University student in Scotland and not a current service user of LGBT Youth Scotland? If so we are looking for you to get involved with the LGBT Student Network Project Recruitment!
November 1st 2013
Youth Work Director, Hugh Torrance, has recently been successful in an application to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Hugh is currently travelling across the USA researching approaches to community development with LGBT communities and initatives to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. The Fellowship awards are intended for individuals to travel overseas and bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in the UK.
October 30th 2013
As part of our work with the Scottish Government Equality Unit, LGBT Youth Scotland consulted with more than 100 LGBT young people from across Scotland to find out their attitudes towards the Commonwealth Games and sport in general, and how we can use the momentum from the Games to create a lasting legacy for LGBT young people.
October 28th 2013
Healthy Respect has been awarded the LGBT Charter Mark from LGBT Youth Scotland, in recognition of its high standard of support for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
October 9th 2013
Grace Cardozo, Service Manager of Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Centre (part of national youth charity LGBT Youth Scotland) beat thousands of UK candidates to win a coveted National Diversity Award at a star studded awards ceremony in Leeds, which was hosted by gay TV presenter Brian Dowling and disabled CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and which featured celebrities including former England footballer Sol Campbell, the stars of Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer and Paralympian wheelchair tennis player Peter Norfolk OBE.
September 25th 2013
“ The first Rainbow friends and Family Day in Aberdeen took place in Union Terrace Gardens on Saturday 21st September. It was a great success and exceeded the 100 people which we expected. It was designed to foster good relations between LGBT+ people, their families, friends and the communities in Aberdeen. We had face painting , ponies and bouncy castles to entertain the children and fabulous information stalls for adults and young people. It has been suggested that the event form part of a Rainbow Pride Programme for next year. The North East LGBT+ Development Group will be consulting our members on the support for this idea. Planning would be likely to start in January 2014."
September 25th 2013
A new report published today by LGBT Youth Scotland and launched at the Scottish Learning Festival portrays a worrying situation for many Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in regards to health. Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Health Report asked 350 respondents aged 13-25 questions about their experiences of being LGB or T in a range of services. This research shows the impact of not feeling supported and included by health services, placing LGBT students at further risk of poor mental and physical health.
September 20th 2013
‘Good Sex is…’ a new resource with sexual health and relationships information for young gay and bisexual men has just been launched by LGBT Youth Scotland's Lothian Youth Services.
September 18th 2013
LGBT Youth Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank Birdcage in Glasgow for their fundraising activities, which raised £1,213.20.
September 13th 2013
The LGBT National Youth Council (LGBT NYC), coordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland, has launched a campaign to ensure that transgender identities are included within Scottish Education. The ‘T.E.A.’ in their ‘Time For T.E.A.’ campaign stands for Transgender Education Awareness, and they are calling for teachers and youth workers to talk about transgender identities and to tackle transphobic discrimination and bullying.
September 5th 2013
LGBT Youth Scotland appeared in front of the Equal Opportunities Committee at Scottish Parliament today to provide oral evidence on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. Our evidence was based on research and consultation with LGBT young people on equal marriage since 2009.
We welcomed the Bill and the additional rights proposed for individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as the increase in religious freedoms. We also highlighted several areas that require consideration by the Equal Opportunities Committee.
September 4th 2013
The conference aims to develop dialogue between decision makers and policy makers in Highland, and those responsible for providing services to LGBT people. We would expect to improve opportunities for partnership work, and to identify ways to help partners meet Equality Outcomes and support action plans. There will also be the opportunity to consider the lives and experiences of LGBT people across Highland.
September 4th 2013
About the BYC Reps recruitment 2013
BYC Reps will be responsible in leading LGBT Youth Scotland’s involvement in BYC’s campaigns, work and represent LGBT Youth Scotland at selected BYC events and opportunities.
August 29th 2013
The LGBT National Youth Council has launched a photo pledge for their 'Time For T.E.A.' (Transgender Education Awareness) campaign. They are asking you to show your support for the campaign and get the message out that it's time for transgender identities to be included in Scottish Education. So grab a teapot, write your message and shout out 'It's Time For T.E.A.' - submit your photographs here.
August 27th 2013
Last night hip-hop artist Maclemore performed his new single "same love" at the MTV Music Awards. The single put Equal Marriage in the middle of the usual pop culture fest that is the MTV music awards and is certainly a refreshing change from the homophobia and sexism, often embedded in hip hop lyrics.
August 27th 2013
Lyndsay Waterson, one of our Online Peer Supporters is up for a fantastic TalkTalk Young Digital Heroes Award. Lyndsay is in the category for young people who use technology to make a difference in the lives of others and was nominated for her work on the Online Peer Support project. If successful Lyndsay will win £4,000 which will go to the Online Peer Support project meaning that more young people from across Scotland can have access to the important support and advice that we provide.
The winner is chosen by public vote and everyone can vote once. Voting closes on 14th September so make sure that you head over to the voting site before then to cast your vote for Lyndsay to scoop the prize! To vote go to www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk and find Lyndsay under 'Young Digital Heroes Award' under the 'Voting Gallery' tab.
August 27th 2013
LGBT Youth Scotland talks about it's perspective on the latest Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill. At present the Bill makes marriage available to same-sex couples and enables religious and belief bodies to 'opt - in' to conduct religious same-sex marriages and civil partnerships. LGBT Youth Scotland will continue to support the Bill and to ensure that it fully meets the needs of LGBT young people. We submitted a written response to the Bill last week and will present to the Equal Opportunities Committee in September.
August 19th 2013
LGBT Youth Scotland celebrated the achievement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people at the National LGBT Youth Awards, held in Ayr on Saturday night. 120 young people attended the ceremony with Awards being presented to young people, youth groups and organisations committed to improving services for LGBT young people.
August 13th 2013
This weekend LGBT Youth Scotland will celebrate the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people at the National LGBT Youth Awards 2013. Awards will be presented to young people, youth groups and organisations committed to improving services for LGBT young people. We will be joined on the night by the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, who will present an Award.
July 23rd 2013
Joshua McCormick, a young person from Ayshire and a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP), has been appointed as our International Representative. Joshua's role will involve representing LGBT Youth Scotland on an International stage at various events including a week long partnership building opportunity in Prague in July.
July 22nd 2013
The LGBT Youth Scotland National Gathering is our annual 3 day conference for young people from across Scotland, where they can come together to meet other young people, participate in developmental activities, and consider policy priorities for the year ahead. This year LGBT Youth Scotland will be hosting the 2013 National Gathering at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August. This year’s theme is focusing on how young LGBT people identify in a modern day Scotland, and how to have their voices heard. During our weekend programme we will be hosting a multi-agency Marketplace, where young people will have opportunities to engage with organisations, ask questions, and obtain information and network, as well as giving you an invaluable opportunity to consult with LGBT young people regarding your own services.
July 11th 2013
We are pleased to announce that you can now nominate online in the National LGBT Youth Awards 2013! To make your nominations please click here and fill out as many categories as you want. Closing date for your nominations is noon on Wednesday 31st July.