The past few months have clearly marked a new era of democratic engagement. The Independence Referendum engaged young people in the political landscape in an unprecedented way. Over 100,000 16 and 17 years olds registered to vote.
North Ayrshire Women’s Aid were awarded an LGBT Charter Mark on the 25th of September 2014 and commended for their readiness to support transgender women.
We're looking for a talented web designer or agency to work on new websites for two of LGBT Youth Scotland’s national projects: LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and LGBT History Month.
Out There is a new and definitive anthology of prose writing and poetry from Scotland’s leading and emerging LGBT writers, edited by Zoe Strachan.
Nancy Russell and Cara Spence give their views on the LGBT youth vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.
Click here to read Stuart Duffy's full piece on the campaign
Click here to view the full publication
TFN: Are young people engaged with the referendum?
Cara: The majority of young people certainly seem to be engaged in the referendum. For some they are already very politically active and interested in politics so their right to vote is really important to them; for others it’s all pretty new and they’re listening carefully to the media, their peers and family in order to make their decision.
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.
Empowering the Voices of the Rainbow Youth as Hate Crime Rises
"You know that dream everyone has. You know, the one where you try to run but you can't. Or when you're trying to scream but nothing comes out. Well that's what it's like.
"I used to try to scream, speak up, to make a noise. But all there was, was silence. Now, I don't even try. Neither does anyone else. It just stays silent."
The words may be spoken by one teenage boy, but they echo the thoughts of many young people across Scotland currently batting homophobic bullying in their schools.
Ready, Steady, Vote Week is set to be an action packed week full of energy and enthusiasm, with every day dedicated to ensuring Scotland’s young people are ready to have their say by casting their vote in the referendum on 18th September. The activities start on Saturday 16th August 2014, which is just over two weeks before the registration deadline for the referendum (2nd September).
You can get involved and promote the activities of the week on social media using #Register14
Bookworms from all over Scotland packed into Pride House on Sunday afternoon to hear a selection of stories from Out There, Zoe Strachan’s Cultural Commissions anthology for LGBT History Month.
Childline and LGBT Youth Scotland there for young people questioning or thinking about sexual orientation and gender identity
The Pride House Glasgow 2014 Youth Programme is now out! See the range of Commonwealth themed events being offered during the summer for young LGBT people in Scotland here.
Saturday 21st of June. March leaves at 12pm, Youth Space and fun follows after!
Look forward to seeing you there!
Crown Office figures released today highlight sexual orientation hate crime reporting is on the increase, while reporting of transgender hate crime remains low in Scotland.
The report shows that in 2013-2014 890 charges were reported for hate crimes related to sexual orientation prejudice. This is an increase of 22% on figures from 2012-2013. Figures for reporting of transgender hate crime shows 25 reported instances in 2013-2014, higher than previous years recorded at between 14-16 charges.
This year, what was known as the National Gathering is changing. In consultation with young people across the country we have decided that the event needs a re-vamp to be more relevant, useful and engaging to the young people who attend. Most importantly, we also want to make the event much more youth-led. This means that we are looking for many of the workshops across the event to be run by young people themselves and for a group of Youth Steering Group members to take the lead in organising the event. Applications to be a Youth Steering Group member are now open and will close on Friday 20th June at noon.
LGBT Youth Scotland Trustee, Robert Cole, finished his 12th Edinburgh Marathon in a row on Sunday May 25th in a time of 3 hours 31 mins and 27 seconds. “It was only my seventh fastest time, but I am really pleased, as only a few days before, I was hobbling around with a foot injury.”
During LGBT History Month 2014, young people from Trans* Youth Glasgow teamed up with All About Trans for a series of video and podcast making workshops for the Patchwork project.
LGBT Youth Scotland joins organisations and movements across Europe to call on voters to elect representatives who support equalities and anti-discriminatory agendas this May. ILGA-Europe and ENAR (European Network Against Racism) have joined forces in campaign initiatives between LGBTI and anti-racist organisations ahead of the European election 2014.
On 29 April 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, IGLYO held the first roundtable in its 2014 Roundtable Series on Intersectionality. Representatives from the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA), the European Youth Forum, the European Regional of the International LGBTI Association, Avvocato di strada (Bologna, Italy), LGBT Youth Scotland, and RFSL Ungdom (Swedish LGBTQ Youth Organisation) met to discuss the intersections of sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity and expression, youth, and socioeconomic status.
Flavours of Fife group kicked off in October 2012 in Kirkaldy. From small beginnings the group has blossomed, making a big splash in the local community, and nationally.
For International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 2013, the group held a rainbow flashmob in Kirkcaldy town centre, chatting to passersby about IDAHO and why it was important for LGBT people in Fife. The project was well received by the Kingdom!
NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Operational Services Directorate achieve LGBT Youth Scotlands new Foundations Charter Mark Award.
The Operational Services Directorate are one of the first in Scotland to receive the foundations award, which is primarily for larger organisations and departments within public and private sector. The award is a new addition to the existing bronze, silver and gold award levels. It enables organisations to build the foundations for LGBT equality within their organisation.
We’re pleased to announce that Robert Cole has been co-opted on to the LGBT YS Board of Trustees and shortly after his first Board meeting will be running the Edinburgh Marathon for the 12th time, this time to raise funds for LGBT YS. “ I took to running in my teens when an enlightened games teacher at school noticed my lack of football and rugby skills and suggested that I’d make a good runner. I’ve never looked back”, says Rob, “except that is when I’m nearing the finishing line and want to make sure no one’s going to overtake me!!”
LGBT Youth Scotland youth work volunteer Craig Boyd celebrates a finalist nomination for Volunteer of the Year at Youth Link Awards Dinner on 13th of March 2104.
Craig (second in from right hand side in photograph), a volunteer with Flavours of Fife group, was nominated by LGBT Youth Scotland for Volunteer of the Year category. We were delighted to see that Craig was selected as a finalist.
Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and over the age of 50? Do you live in East Dunbartonshire?
East Dunbartonshire Council has commissioned LGBT Youth Scotland to undertake a scoping activity into the needs and experiences of adults over the age of 50 living in the area, with a focus on LGBT people. We are hosting two discussion groups for you to share your views and experiences in a safe and relaxed environment, so that this important information can be used to inform recommendations to East Dunbartonshire council on services and health and wellbeing opportunities.
‘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 was formally launched by the Minister for Children and Young People, as part of LGBT Youth Scotland’s 25th Anniversary celebration on March 4th.
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.
The research focuses on all protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010 and aims to gain an insight into pupil and teacher experiences as well as current policies and practices across the country.
East Dunbartonshire Council has commissioned LGBT Youth Scotland to undertake a scoping exercise on the health and wellbeing needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in East Dunbartonshire.
We're taking a broad approach to this and are interested in hearing from anyone over the age of 50 and living in East Dunbartonshire or anyone who cares for someone over the age of 50 within the area. You do not have to identify as LGBT to share your experiences.
We are delighted to announce new postcards and a series of 5 badges.
These can be used for events, training or workshops.
Can you help us understand more about young peoples view's on relationships and sexual health in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will allow same-sex marriage in Scotland and has had overwhelming support from the Scottish people. Young people in Scotland have been particularly supportive of this Bill with research showing that 78% of young Scots agree that same-sex couples should have the right to get married. LGBT Youth Scotland’s National Youth Council began campaigning on this issue over four years ago. They strongly believe that being able to get married is a human right and an issue of equality. The LGBT NYC members also felt that this Bill could have a positive impact on Scotland.
The Board of Directors of LGBT Youth Scotland, agreed in February 2013, that we would appoint 2 young people to represent LGBT Youth Scotland, and represent their peers, at international events. The position is open to any young person aged 18-25 who is able to adequately represent both the views of their LGBT peers in a conference, seminar, training event context, and able to represent the views and the work of LGBT Youth Scotland in such a context.
LGBT Youth Scotland and Youth Scotland are hosting the July National Learning Network at Raploch Community Campus in Stirling. This is an event consisting of training, best practice sharing, and advice and support around working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. The network is aimed at Youth and Community Workers, Youth Work Volunteers and other professionals working with young people, but all are welcome.
Today the Scottish Government has announced that LGBT Youth Scotland, along with 44 other organisations have been chosen to be a part of a new group known as the Third Sector Strategic Funding Partnership. Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, announced details of the new funding group at a launch in Edinburgh this morning.
LGBT Youth Scotland is delighted to be included in the list of organisation’s chosen and looks forward to working in partnership with the Scottish Government to help make a positive difference to the lives of LGBT young people.
LGBT Youth Scotland have been working in partnership with Sunderland and Leicester Universities to conduct research on LGBT relationships and we invite you to take part in this online survey about same-sex, bi and/or trans relationships. The research aims to understand what you do when things go wrong in your same-sex, bi and/or trans relationships.
Today LGBT Youth Scotland submitted a consultation response to the Scottish Government on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. We strongly believe that this Bill will have a positive impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by creating equal access to marriage for all couples regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
This legislation has the potential to positively influence social attitudes towards LGBT people and sends a strong message to the wider world that Scotland is a progressive nation, supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
There are just under two weeks to go to the end of the Scottish Govt’s consultation on the draft Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, (ends 5pm Wed 20th). Opponents of Equal Marriage have started to campaign strongly for anti-equality submissions to be made and also call for various “section 28” like restrictions on education.
LGBT Youth Scotland in Glasgow are undertaking some research on behalf of the West of Scotland LGBT Forum.
LGBT NYC are hosting a consultation event for the T.E.A campaign
International conference dedicated to exploring current situations and trends in addressing the topic of homophobia in education at an EU and national level
A new report on the provision of HIV prevention to young gay and bisexual men is now available. The report summarises the findings of a joint project between LGBT Youth Scotland's Lothian Youth Services and NHS Lothian, looking at the views and experiences of young gay and bisexual men in relation to sexual health, HIV, services and information.
LGBT Domestic Abuse Project Briefing Report published by Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
A new briefing paper is available from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships which provides an overview of work that the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project has been doing relating to transsexual women’s experiences of gender based violence. Amy Roch, Domestic Abuse Development Officer at LGBT Youth Scotland, completed the research as part of an exchange fellowship at the Centre, which will be used to develop the work of the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and raise awareness of the need for services supporting those experiencing gender based violence to be inclusive of trans women.
Unfortunately due to adverse weather in St Andrews the National Learning Network event scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 6th February will not go ahead as planned.
University staff have been in touch with us today to advise that we reschedule the event due to current adverse weather conditions in the area, and the anticipation of further heavy snowfall later today. Frustratingly, we are taking this advice and will plan to reschedule this event for a few weeks time. If you have already registered for the event will be in touch again shortly with a new date.
LGBT History Month 2013 is in February and we have an exciting schedule of events planned for the month which involves young people and community members from across Scotland.
Have your say on life in midlothian
LGBT Youth Scotland, with the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Gay Mens Health and the Midlothian Sexual Health and HIV Group is looking to find out more about the needs and experiences of LGBT people in Midlothian.
Our offices will be closed from 4pm on Friday 21st December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 7th January. If you require advice or support during these times, you can get in touch with the following organisations:
Childline – 0800 1111 – Open 24 hours, 365 days per year - http://www.childline.org.uk/
Breathing Space Scotland – 0800 83 85 87 – Open Monday-Thursday 6.00pm – 2.00am, Friday-Monday 6.00pm -6.00am - http://www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk/
Get Connected – 0808 808 4994 – Open 7 days from 1.00pm till 11.00pm - http://www.getconnected.org.uk/
Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 – Open 24hours, 365 days per year - http://www.samaritans.org/
Today LGBT Youth Scotland adds its voice to organisations and individuals throughout Scotland, supporting the aims of a proposed Bill that will criminalise the purchase of sex in Scotland. The Bill, which aims to challenge the demand for prostitution in Scotland, will make it illegal to purchase sexual acts.
LGBT Youth Scotland sees prostitution as gender based violence and harmful to the LGBT young people and the wider LGBT community that it works with.
We are really pleased with today’s launch of ‘The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill’ consultation. The consultation will be running until the 20th March and submissions can be made via this link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/12/9433.
This is a welcome step forward towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland. We will be getting involved in responding and supporting LGBT young people to have their say on this very important piece of new legislation and its associated guidance.
We will keep you up to date on what we’re doing and any other updates through our website, Facebook and Twitter.
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.
LGBT Youth Scotland and Youth Scotland are launching a new National Learning Network; a quarterly event consisting of training, best practice sharing, and advice and support around working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. The network is aimed at Youth and Community Workers, Youth Work Volunteers and other professionals working with young people, but all are welcome.
The North East lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inclusive (LGBT+) Development Group (a multi-agency partnership) is hosting an LGBT+ Fair on Thursday 11th October at the Aberdeen Arts Centre from 5 - 8.30pm @ the Aberdeen Arts Centre.This will be an interactive, free event, with refreshments sponsored by Aberdeen City Council, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and Shell International.
The University of Stirling’s Student Development and Support Services 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.
The Charter Mark demonstrates the team is aware of the issues LGBT individuals can face and is committed to providing a service that is inclusive, where LGBT people feel involved, valued and supported.
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?”
LGBT Youth Scotland, with the Midlothian Sexual Health and HIV Group is looking to find out more about the needs and experiences of LGBT people in Midlothian.
Have your say on what life is like for LGBT people in the area and what you think about local services.
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.
After the march, join us at the Youthspace from 1pm next to the lions in George Square. There will be facepainting, games, information stalls and much more for you to get involved with!
LGBT Youth Scotland is pleased to announce a call for applications for this exciting training and development programme, aimed at LGBT and cultural organisations in Europe.
LGBT History Month is an international celebration of LGBT life and culture which takes place every February. In Scotland, LGBT History Month is coordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland. Every year we programme a range of arts, culture and education events which aim to provide a space for learning, discussion and debate around the continued fight for LGBT liberation.
Last month the Teviotdale Youth Services Group held a prestigious night of rewarding young people in the Teviotdale area of the Scottish Borders for participation and achievement. Our very own David Shields won the category of “Unsung Hero” for his participation in LGBT Youth Scotland.
LGBT Youth Scotland’s Ann Marriott, made the presentation to Hazel Somerville,
Bearsden Academy in East Dunbartonshire holds an annual fashion show to raise funds for various charities. This year the theme was Born This Way; a celebration of individuality and diversity.
The event raised a very impressive £2,800, and the school pupils chose LGBT Youth Scotland as one of the two beneficaries. This kind donation will be used to support essential activities in the Youth Programmes Team, ensuring that more LGBT young people have access to advice and support. Everyone at LGBT Youth Scotland was delighted to receive this donation.
There are only a few weeks left to contact your MSPs to urge them to support equal marriage! Follow this link to send them an email.
On the 17th of May many communities celebrate and mark International Day Against Homophobia, better known around the world as IDAHO. This date marks an important day in LGBT rights history as it commemorates the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990.
NUS Scotland LGBT and LGBT Youth Scotland are repeatedly told by LGBT students that they would like to make a difference to younger LGBT people. One of the methods we hear that students would like the opportunity to take part in is going into schools to speak directly to young people and teachers.
An opportunity to meet with LGBT community members and professionals working in health and social care, youth work and LGBT equality to hear the findings from the recent Stirling research, and review local initiatives and developments in mental health and LGBT communities in three areas – Edinburgh, Dumfries & Galloway and Stirling.
Are you aged 16 – 25? Do you identify as gay or bisexual, or as being attracted to other men? Are you willing to talk about your views on sexual health, HIV and sexual health services?
LGBT Youth Scotland signs a partnership agreement with the Ayrshire Equality Partnership and the Equality Network to demonstrate their joint commitment to LGBT Equality.
We are delighted that the NHS, Local Authorities and Police in Ayrshire have come together to demonstrate their joint commitment to LGBT people and communities across Ayrshire – Hugh Torrance, Director of Development, LGBT Youth Scotland.
Love Equally March and Rally for Equal Marriage – Tuesday 14th February, Edinburgh