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LGBT Youth Scotland and Education Scotland join forces to support teachers to better support LGBT young people in education
This Saturday, 21st of March, Education Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland, welcome teachers from across Scotland, to Perth, for an education conference focusing on supporting LGBT people in education. An exclusive new range of training films and tools, to improve teacher confidence in engaging with raising LGBT awareness and inclusion in schools, with be showcased, including the LGBT Schools Charter. These brand new films include: training for combating gender stereotyping in early years and primary schools; ideas for supporting transgender young people in education; and best practice for LGBT inclusion across a whole school.
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2015: A Historic Year for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland!
February is LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month originated in the United States in 1994 and was first celebrated in Scotland in 2003. It is managed by LGBT Youth Scotland and overseen by an advisory group. It is however largely delivered by volunteers who have the enthusiasm and passion to deliver events that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture, recognising the significant contribution LGBT people have made to our country and the world at large.
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A Welcome Improvement to Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education in Schools
Today saw the publication of the much anticipated Scottish Government guidance for Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education in Schools. The new guidance has greatly improved the previous version from 2001; explicitly outlining the needs and experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender young people in Schools, which is greatly welcomed.
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19th September 2014 - No to the Indy Ref: the future for LGBTI young people?
The votes have been counted and the result is in. Scotland has voted NO to an Independent Scotland. It’s been an amazing democratic process, with 85% turn-out at the polls and passionate debates and dialogue in communities across Scotland. It’s clear that the Scottish Independence Referendum caught the interest of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people. We’ve been impressed by young people’s commitment to vote and their ability to engage in the debate in a respectful manner.
23rd August 2014 - LGBT Youth Scotland Calls for People to Speak Up and Speak Out against Homophobia
LGBT Youth Scotland launch Shh! - Silence Helps Homophobia crowdfund campaign.
At their annual Youth Summit at Queen Margaret University on Saturday 23rd of August, young people, staff and volunteers of LGBT Youth Scotland launched their first ever crowd fund campaign to raise funds for their Shh! Silence Helps Homophobia campaign. The campaign asks people to stand up and speak out against homophobia in Education.
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4th October 2013 - Dumfries & Galloway woman wins prestigious National Diversity Award
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.
25th September 2013 - LGBT Young People's Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Not Met
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.
13th September 2013 - LGBT Young People Say it's Time for T.E.A
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.
19th August 2013 - LGBT Youth Scotland Celebrates Young People's Achievements
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.
13th August 2013 - Ceremony to Celebrate LGBT Young People's Achievements
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.
Gary Lamont, of BBC Scotland’s “River City” will be our host for the evening. Last year, Gary won the LGBT Inspiration Award, voted for by young people from LGBT Youth Scotland.
Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said, “We’re very excited about the opportunity to celebrate the immense achievements of LGBT young people and the organisations that support them.”
5th June 2013 - Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill – Media Response
LGBT Youth Scotland has responded in favour of the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill, as the overwhelming majority of evidence clearly shows that this will act as a deterrent to those that purchase sex. The harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people is clearly evidenced in research and from our experience supporting and working with LGBT young people who sell sex, be that for money or a bed for the night.
It is important to point out that we have asked, in addition, that the Bill decriminalises the sale of sex, because we do not think anyone involved in prostitution should be criminalised. Our priority is that LGBT young people are safe, healthy and nurtured. We understand that many LGBT young people are involved in prostitution as a result of their negative experiences of bullying, abuse and discrimination. We work hard to challenge all forms of bullying, prejudice and abuse of LGBT young people.
9th November 2012 - LGBT History Month Gets Creative
LGBT Youth Scotland and LGBT History Month are excited to announce the launch of a significant new fund, supported by Creative Scotland, to support cultural activity as part of LGBT History Month in February 2013. Applications are now open for the Cultural Events Fund and Cultural Commissions Fund. Deadline Friday 7th December.
5th November 2012 - LGBT Youth Scotland Adds Voice to Call to Protect Youth Work Funding in Scotland
LGBT Youth Scotland has added its voice to the call from YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, for all politicians at both local and national levels to commit to protecting youth work budgets and funding streams in Scotland.
The call coincides with this year’s Scottish Youth Work Week that runs from 5th - 11th November and aims to highlight the incredible range of youth work activities and experiences that are being delivered for and with young people both nationally and in communities across Scotland.
19th September 2012 - Not getting it right for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in education
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 education. 69% of all LGBT respondents had experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying in school with the number still high at 25% in college and 14% at university.
Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Education Report is the biggest survey of its kind, with 350 respondents aged 13-25 answering a range of questions about their experiences of being LGB or T in educational establishments. Uniquely, the report also asked young people how they felt educational establishments could combat bullying and a range of recommendations are presented in the report.
28th August 2012 - Scotland for Marriage campaign requests would set back anti-homophobia work in Education
Mhairi McMillan, Policy Director at LGBT Youth Scotland has said “We are disturbed and saddened by the latest approach taken by the Scotland for Marriage group, which has been to bring the debate into our schools. Evidence clearly shows that talking supportively about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our schools supports their inclusion, helps prevent homophobia and homophobic bullying and supports the development of positive emotional and physical health and wellbeing for all young people. Surely this is something we should all be able to agree we want for all of Scotland’s young people?”
19th August 2012 - LGBT Youth Activists from across Scotland recognised at the National LGBT Youth Awards
This weekend LGBT Youth Scotland recognized the work of LGBT youth activists and organisations at the National LGBT Youth Awards 2012. The Awards were part of LGBT Youth Scotland’s annual residential for over 100 young people from across Scotland, this year held at the University of Stirling. On Saturday 30 Awards were given out in total to young people, projects, youth groups and organisations who have shown dedication to working towards LGBT inclusion in their local areas or nationally.
25th July 2012 - LGBT Young People Welcome Equal Marriage Announcement
LGBT Youth Scotland welcomes today’s announcement that the Scottish Government is going to introduce equal marriage. The overwhelming majority of Scots have said they support same-sex marriage and at LGBT Youth Scotland we are pleased the Scottish Government has listened and is now going to legislate.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people deserve the exact same rights as any other person in Scotland and LGBT young people want this unequal, segregated system to end now. The right to marry the person you love, either through a civil marriage or a religious marriage is a fundamental right and we welcome the Scottish Government’s plans to make this a legal right for all of Scotland's people.
8th July 2012 - LGBT Youth Scotland Challenges Homophobia in Scottish Schools
LGBT Youth Scotland welcomes today’s article in the Scottish Herald, drawing attention to the many young people who experience homophobia and homophobic bullying in their lives. The full article can be found here
Scott Gorman, 17, young person from LGBT Youth Scotland said “I was never actually hit but always seemed to be having liquids getting thrown over me. I got spat on and hot soup and chocolate milk thrown at me…In PE I was asked to use the disabled changing rooms as the other boys weren't comfortable with me sharing with them,"
LGBT Youth Scotland carried out research with 350 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people which will be published in autumn 2012. The preliminary results show that 67% had experienced homophobic bullying at school and almost 50% stated that they would not feel confident reporting homophobic bullying to school staff.
18th June 2012 - Young People Demand an Equal Scotland
Research by the Scottish Youth Parliament and LGBT Youth Scotland has shown over three-quarters of young people are in favour of Equal Marriage. The Scottish Youth Parliament, and LGBT Youth are now both calling on the Scottish Government to announce plans to bring Equal Marriage to Scotland and create the truly equal Scotland it’s young people want to live in.
Analysis by the two organisations of yesterdays Ipsos-Mori opinion poll has found 78% of young people aged between 18-24 are in favour of the statement: “Same-sex couples should have the right to get married”; with 77% of those aged 25-34 also being in favour.