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Lothian Mystery Shopper Reports: Highlighting Best Practice

November 25th 2014
Healthy Respect, NHS Lothian commissioned LGBT Youth Scotland to train a group of young people to develop their own Mystery Shopper initiative to explore how accessible, young person friendly, and how LGBT aware services are across Lothian.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th 2014
Transgender people experience high levels of physical violence such as murder, assault and rape. International Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place each year on the 20th of November to highlight this and remember those who have passed away as a result.

LGBT Youth Scotland's Submission to the Smith Commission

November 18th 2014
After a process of consultation and engagement with young people, LGBT Youth Scotland submitted response to the Smith Commission’s call for views from civic society on further Scottish devolution.

Represent LGBT Youth Scotland at MTV Europe Awards in Glasgow!

October 28th 2014
Two FREE TICKETS for MTV Europe Awards in Glasgow with back stage passes!  If you are interested we need you to coomplete a form stating your interest by THIS FRIDAY the 31st.

Youth Charities Call on Smith Commission to Consider Votes at 16

October 24th 2014
Scotland will be viewed as a world leader by fully engaging and empowering its 16 and 17 year olds as fully franchised citizens active in the political life of the country. 

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.

Let's Come Out to Stamp Out Homophobia, Together

October 10th 2014
What unites nearly one in ten strangers across the country? It's something that nothing can prepare you for, no matter how many times you stand in front of the mirror and say the words. For some of us, it's a moment to embrace, for others it sadly remains a moment to fear and unfortunately for a small section of us it remains a moment they will never be able to have. For coming out and uttering the words, "I am different" was for me and millions of others a moment in our lives that we will never forget.

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid Receives LGBT Inclusion Award

October 2nd 2014

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. 

Could you be our new International Youth Rep?

September 26th 2014
Would you like to be an International Representative for LGBT Youth Scotland? You will be between age 18 and 25 and able to adequately represent the views of both your LGBT peers in conference, seminar and training events, and the views and work of LGBT Youth Scotland in this context. This is a voluntary role, but offers lots of exciting international travel opportunities. To apply, you should be between 18-25 between the 1st November 2014 and the 31st October 2015

Tender: two new websites for LGBT Youth Scotland

September 23rd 2014

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.

Cultural Commissions: Out There - out now!

September 23rd 2014

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.

No to the Indy Ref: the future for LGBTI young people?

September 19th 2014
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.

LGBTI young people say it's important to vote in the Indy Ref

September 17th 2014

Nancy Russell and Cara Spence give their views on the LGBT youth vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum. 

Shh! Silence Helps Homophobia Campaign Promoted by Kaleidoscot

September 1st 2014
Shh! - Silence Helps Homophobia campaign catches the imagination of LGBT news platform Kaleidoscot. 

Click here to read Stuart Duffy's full piece on the campaign 

LGBT Youth Scotland Features in Special Sports Edition of YouthLink Magazine

September 1st 2014
'Taking Pride in the Games' - LGBT Youth Scotland features in special sports edition of YouthLink magazine publication. See page 14 for full story.

Click here to view the full publication

Referendum Will Prove Young People Deserve the Vote

September 1st 2014
LGBT Youth Scotland development manager Cara Spence spoke to TFN about how young people are engaging with the referendum.

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 Calls for People to Stand Up and Speak Out Against Homophobia

August 25th 2014

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 Rainbow Youth at National Youth Summit

August 24th 2014
Article on LGBT Youth Scotland's Youth Summit by Laura Piper reporting for STV on Saturday 23 August 2014

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 2014 Week!

August 18th 2014
LGBT Youth Scotland get going with Ready, Steady, Vote 2014 Week! 

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


Cultural Commissions: Out There at Pride House

July 31st 2014

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.

GBT Men’s Domestic Abuse Roundtable

July 30th 2014
LGBT Youth Scotland and the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project would like to invite you to attend a roundtable event on the needs of gay, bisexual and transgender (GBT) men experiencing domestic abuse.

Childline and LGBT Youth Scotland there for young people questioning or thinking about sexual orientation and gender identity

July 18th 2014
Ahead of Scotland’s biggest LGBT* Pride celebration in Glasgow (19 July), NSPCC Scotland’s ChildLine service has emphasised to young people with concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity that their counsellors are there to listen, no matter what their worry.

Join us at Pride Glasgow!

July 7th 2014
Join LGBT Youth Scotland on Saturday 19th July for Pride Glasgow. The march leaves at 10am, followed by fun at the Youth Space and our Silence Helps Homophobia stall. Wristbands give you free entry through the Youth Space. Look forward to seeing you there!

Commonwealth Games Youth Activity Programme

July 7th 2014

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.

 

New Youth Group in Renfrewshire

June 23rd 2014
New Youth Group starting in Renfrewshire this Wednesday, 25th of June. 6.30pm-8.30pm, West Primary School. Open to all young people age 13-25.

Join us at Pride Scotia this Saturday in Edinburgh!

June 16th 2014
LGBT Youth Scotland gets ready for Pride Scotia this week in Edinburgh!
Saturday 21st of June. March leaves at 12pm, Youth Space and fun follows after! 
Look forward to seeing you there!

Sexual Orientation Hate Crime Reporting on the Increase

June 13th 2014

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.    

Would you like to be part of our Youth Summit Steering Group?

June 13th 2014

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.  

A quarter of European Parliament Committed to LGBTI Equality

May 28th 2014
185 (25%) newly elected members of the 751-seat European Parliament have signed ILGA-Europe’s European Elections 2014 Come Out Pledge, committing themselves to advancing human rights and LGBTI equality over the next five years.

Trustee Robert Cole completes Edinburgh Marathon in support of Silence Helps Homophobia campaign

May 28th 2014

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.” 

Pride House Glasgow Volunteer Programme: Registration Still Open!

May 26th 2014
Do you care about equalities? Do you love sport? Do you want to get involved in your community? If so, LEAP Sports Scotland wants to talk to you!  LEAP Sports Scotland are thrilled to be organising Pride House Glasgow this summer to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We're hard at work with our partners, pulling together a programme packed with sports, cultural & arts events and designing an unforgettable venue.

All About Trans - Trans* Youth Glasgow

May 22nd 2014

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.

Vote No Hate for Europe on Thursday 22nd May!

May 21st 2014

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.  

LGBT Youth Scotland attends IGLYO Roundtable

May 8th 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.

Spotlight on a Group - Flavours of Fife

April 22nd 2014

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!

LGBT Charter of Rights Foundation Award

April 22nd 2014

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.

Going the extra 26.2 miles for LGBTYS!

April 22nd 2014

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!!”

Youth Link Awards Volunteer of the Year Finalist!

April 15th 2014

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.

Share Your Views on Needs of Older LGBT People

April 11th 2014

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.

New Impact Report on LGBT Youth Scotland services

April 4th 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 was formally launched by the Minister for Children and Young People, as part of LGBT Youth Scotland’s 25th Anniversary celebration on March 4th. 

Prejudice-Based Bullying Research

March 18th 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. 

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. 

Experiences of Older LGBT people

March 17th 2014

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.

Research on Prejudice-Based Bullying

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.

Shh! Silence Helps Homophobia Education Campaign launch

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.

Our 25th Anniversary!

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.

New Badges and Postcards

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.

 

Help us understand more about young peoples Sexual Health

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?

Out of History, Into the Classroom

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. 

Equal Marriage for Scotland

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.

Rally for Equal Marriage on Tuesday 4th Feb

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.

History in the Making: LGBT History Month Launch Event

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.

New reports on the sexual health of gay and bisexual men

January 20th 2014
FAQ Scotland release new reports on the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men. 

LGBT History Month is GO!

January 15th 2014
We are very excited to announce the launch of the LGBT History Month programme for February 2014.

LGBT Youth Scotland Christmas Closure

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. 

One step closer to Equal Marriage in Scotland!

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. 

RespectMe launches new campaign at national conference

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. 

Stirling and District Women's Aid Awarded LGBT Charter Mark

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.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

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.  

Sikh Sanjog Awarded LGBT Charter Mark

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. 

 



LGBT Youth Scotland to host SWAN LGBT Network

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.  

LGBT Student Network Project Recruitment

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!

Youth Work Director, Hugh Torrance, on trip to research LGBT Community Development in the USA

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.

Game Changer: The Legacy of the Commonwealth Games for LGBT Young People

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.

Healthy Respect awarded LGBT Charter Mark

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.

Dumfries and Galloway woman wins prestigious National Diversity Award

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.

Aberdeen Rainbow Friends and Family Day

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."

LGBT Young People's Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Not Met

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.

'Good Sex is...' New Sexual Health Resource for Young Gay and Bisexual Men

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.

Birdcage raises £1,213 for our work!

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.

Time for T.E.A. Campaign Video Launched

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.

LGBT Youth Scotland Provides Oral Evidence on Equal Marriage

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. 

Safer, Stronger, Fairer Highland Conference

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. 

Could you be a LGBT Youth Scotland British Youth Council Representative?

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. 

LGBT NYC launches 'Time For T.E.A.' photo pledge

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.

Hip-Hop Artist Releases Single For Equal Marriage

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. 

Online Peer Supporter Lyndsay in running for TalkTalk Young Digital Heroes Award!

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.

LGBTYS Response to Latest Equal Marriage Bill

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.

LGBT Youth Scotland Celebrates Young People's Achievements

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.

Ceremony to Celebrate LGBT Young People's Achievements

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.

 

Joshua McCormick appointed as LGBT Youth Scotland's International Rep

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.

 

Does your organisation want to attend our National Gathering Marketplace?

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. 

National LGBT Youth Awards 2013 nominations are now open!

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.


Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill

June 27th 2013

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.

Could you be our new International Youth Rep?

June 17th 2013

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.  

Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill

June 5th 2013
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.

National Learning Network comes to Stirling

May 24th 2013

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.

TYG: Trans* Youth Glasgow starts new Saturday drop-in

May 23rd 2013
TYG: Trans* Youth Glasgow is a youth group running every second Monday 7 - 9pm from our Glasgow Bell Street centre.  From May there will be a new drop-in service launched once a month on every third Saturday 1-4pm.

Borders College awarded LGBT Charter Mark

May 22nd 2013
Borders College 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.

LGBT Youth Scotland announced as Scottish Government partner in new funding

May 21st 2013

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.

New research project on LGBT relationships

May 2nd 2013

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. 

National Gathering 2013 to be held in Ayr!

April 2nd 2013
LGBT Youth Scotland is pleased to announce that National Gathering 2013 will be held in Ayrshire for the first time from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August.  Held at The University of the West of Scotland, at their Riverside Campus in Ayr, the National Gathering is our annual opportunity for young people from across the country, to come together to meet, and learn together.  We are looking for a small group of young people who are interested in working on the programme for 2013 with us.  We’d like to work with a couple of young people who have been at the gathering before and a couple of young people who have not attended before.

LGBT Youth Scotland responds to the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill submitted today!

March 25th 2013

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. 

Equal Marriage Consultation - Have you responded yet?

March 11th 2013

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.

March 8th 2013
We're trying to paint a comprehensive picture of what life is like for LGBT people in Glasgow in 2013: what's good about living in Glasgow, what could be improved, and how the LGBT community feels those improvements can be made.

LGBT NYC Time for T.E.A

March 7th 2013

LGBT NYC are hosting a consultation event for the T.E.A campaign 

Breaking The Walls of Silence Conference, Slovenia

February 19th 2013

International conference dedicated to exploring current situations and trends in addressing the topic of homophobia in education at an EU and national level

Provision of HIV Prevention to young gay and bisexual men

February 13th 2013

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. 

130 Delegates attend Education Reception

February 8th 2013
We would like to give thanks to all those that attended the Scottish Parliament Reception ‘LGBT Young People and Education’  on the 7th February 2013.

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project Briefing Report published by Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

February 7th 2013

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.

St Andrews National Learning Network cancelled

February 5th 2013

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 Schedule Launches

January 23rd 2013

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.

Marco Biagi MSP hosts Parliamentary Reception on Young People and Education

January 16th 2013
On Thursday 7th February 2013 Marco Biagi MSP and LGBT Youth Scotland are hosting a Parliamentary Reception on the topic of 'LGBT young people and Education: Past, Present and Future'.  We will look at the history of our work and the past and present experiences of LGBT young people in Education.  We will highlight existing education initiatives and consider implications for the future. The event will include the voices and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and we hope to engage key partners in this event. 

Life in Midlothian

January 7th 2013

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. 

 

LGBT Youth Scotland Christmas Closure

December 19th 2012

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/

LGBT Youth Scotland supports steps to criminalise the purchase of sex in Scotland

December 14th 2012

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.

Get involved in ‘The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill Consultation’!

December 12th 2012

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.  

World Aids Day

November 27th 2012
As World Aids Day approaches, find out more about what the day means and what you can do to show your support. 

LGBT History Month Gets Creative

November 14th 2012

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 YS and Youth Scotland launch new National Learning Network

November 7th 2012

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.

LGBT Youth Scotland Adds Voice to Call to Protect Youth Work Funding in Scotland

November 5th 2012
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.

Research on gay community and social networks

October 31st 2012
The Medical Research Council are undertaking some research into young gay and bisexual men's thoughts on the gay community and the importance of personal and social relationships and are looking for guys aged 18 - 29 to take part.

LGBT Youth Scotland launches new online support service

October 30th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland has recently launched a new online support service for 1-2-1 chats with youth workers. The LiveChat service is a place where young people can speak to LGBT Youth Scotland youth workers in a safe, private, and supportive online environment. 

Aberdeen LGBT+ Fair

October 10th 2012

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.

Re-launch of Sexual Health and Relationships Youth Group in Edinburgh

October 1st 2012
The Lothians Sexual Health and Relationships Youth Team (a.k.a. SHRYT) have re-launched their group, with the first session happening on Monday 1st October, running twice a month on the first and last Monday of each month.  Previous sexual health initiatives and education have primarily focused on heterosexual concerns and considerations. As a SHRYT member you help to design and deliver session that represent sexual health views, opinions and concerns of other LGBT associated peers and raise the awareness of LGBT-specific issues to outside communities to increase more inclusivity in everyday society.

Not getting it right for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in education

September 21st 2012
A new report published on Thursday 20th September 2012 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.

LGBT Youth Scotland at the Scottish Learning Festival

September 4th 2012
The Scottish Learning Festival 2012 is coming soon!  The  Festival is about teaching and learning and offers a number of opportunities to enhance the education profession.  LGBT Youth Scotland are going to be there for the full two days with a stall and we will also be running a seminar on our Challenging Homophobia Together project and launching our brand new Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People report.  This unique report looks at several areas of daily life for young LGBT people living in Scotland with sections on education, their local community, coming out, finance and employment.  We will be launching the Education section of the report at a CLD Fringe event.

LGBT Youth Scotland shortlisted for a National Diversity Award 2012

August 30th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland has been shortlisted for the National Diversity Award for Community Organisation/Charity Award in the LGBT category.

The University of Stirling receives Charter Mark

August 30th 2012

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.

Scotland for Marriage Campaign Requests Would Set Back Anti-Homophobia Work in Education

August 28th 2012

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 Activists from across Scotland recognised at the National LGBT Youth Awards

August 19th 2012
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.  Last night 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.

Have your say in Midlothian!

August 13th 2012

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.

National LGBT Youth Awards 2012 nominations are closed

August 8th 2012
Nominations for this years National LGBT Youth Awards have now closed.  Results will be announced at the University of Stirling on Saturday 18th August by our special host Rhona Cameron.  Results will be tweeted live so make sure you check our Twitter page @LGBTYS on the night for up-to-date announcements!

National LGBT Youth Awards 2012 Nominations are now open!

August 2nd 2012
We are pleased to announce that you can now nominate online in the National LGBT Youth Awards 2012!  To make your nominations please click here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lgbtyouthawards2012 and fill out as many categories as you want.  Closing date for your nominations is noon on Tuesday 7th August.

LGBT Young People Welcome Equal Marriage Announcement

July 25th 2012

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.  

New Edinburgh Youth Cafe launched!

July 17th 2012
Our brand new Youth Cafe at the LGBT Youth Scotland space in Edinburgh is for young people aged 13 to 25 and is a place for you to come and hang out, relax, meet new people and take part in a bunch of activities if you want to.

National Gathering registration opens!

July 12th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland’s National Gathering, the biggest event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in the country is back! This year it is taking place at Stirling University from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August. 

Get Out in Schools - Training for Students

July 10th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland has been consulting with students in Scotland for the past 4 months.  We wanted to find out the ways you would like to get involved in schools work - challenging homophobia and making a difference to school pupils in Scotland.  We have gathered all your views, ideas and concerns and we are now developing a training course that we will deliver during September – December 2012 to 5 universities or colleges.  

LGBT Youth will be at Pride Glasgow!

July 9th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland is going to be at Pride Glasgow on Sat 14th July. The march assembles at 11.45am at Kelvingrove Park and moves off at noon and you can join us!

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 Challenges Homophobia in Scottish Schools

July 8th 2012
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.

YouthLink Scotland survey reveals £128M value of Youth Work Volunteers

June 26th 2012
A survey published today by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, in partnership with their National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations network has revealed that youth work volunteers contributed more than 12million hours of volunteering to communities across Scotland in 2011/12.

LGBT Youth will be at Pride Scotia!

June 26th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland is looking forward to taking part in the annual Pride Scotia march in Edinburgh on 30th June 2012. The march assembles from noon outside the city chambers on the Royal Mile, and sets off at 1pm and young people can walk with us. Youth workers will be waiting to meet people at Waverley Station so look out for us!

Call for Applicants for Development Programme for EU organisations

June 20th 2012

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. 

Borders Youth Group Live on Air!

June 19th 2012
This Saturday, 23rd June, will see young people from the LGBT Youth Scotland youth group based in the Borders speaking on the radio about their experiences of being LGBT and how the group supports them.  Tune into Wired Radio from 6-7pm to hear them live!

Young People Demand an Equal Scotland

June 18th 2012
A new opinion poll released on Sunday 17th June shows record support for same-sex marriage. 78% of young people aged 18-24 agree that same-sex couples should have the right to get married with 64% of all Scots showing their support.

New resource on Homophobic Bullying

June 14th 2012
LGBT Youth Scotland has developed a new resource on Homophobic Bullying for all pupils in Scottish Schools as part of the Challenging Homophobia Together Schools Project.  The booklet contains information on what homophobic bullying is, young people's rights and how young people can help challenge homophobia in schools.

Hawick Top Teri Awards

June 13th 2012

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.

Charter Certificate presented to Central Scotland Sexual Health

May 31st 2012
NHS Forth Valley Sexual Health Services have recently been awarded the LGBT charter mark from LGBT Youth Scotland.
LGBT Youth Scotland’s Ann Marriott, made the presentation to Hazel Somerville,

Bearsden Academy's Born This Way Fashion Show Raises £1,400 for LGBT Youth Scotland

May 24th 2012

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.

Support Equal Marriage

May 22nd 2012

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. 

International Day Against Homophobia

May 15th 2012

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.

Challenge Homophobia: LGBT Youth Scotland and NUS Scotland

April 10th 2012

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.

With LGBT in Mind: Influencing and Informing Service Development

March 15th 2012

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.

LAURA SPEAKS TO CHANNEL 4 ON EQUAL MARRIAGE

February 23rd 2012
By Laura McLachlan, MSYP for LGBT Youth Scotland

Young People’s Health Team and Central Health Care awarded LGBT Charter Mark

February 21st 2012
We are delighted to announce that the Young People’s Health Team and Central Health Care has been awarded the prestigious,lesbian,gay,bisexual and trangender LGBT Charter Mark for the commitment it has shown to LGBT equality. A programme of work and schedule of activity will be developed and implemented which will support the ongoing Charter Mark status and link with the corporate equality and diversity agenda.

Calling all those who identify as male in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

February 11th 2012

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?

Partnership Working in Ayrshire and Arran

February 10th 2012

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 on Valentine’s Day!

February 9th 2012

Love Equally March and Rally for Equal Marriage – Tuesday 14th February, Edinburgh

National Organisations Unite For Equal Marriage

December 7th 2011
Today at a special press conference held in Edinburgh,  a diverse range of organisations from across Scottish society have united to back Scottish Government plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

East Ayrshire Survey Now Live

December 7th 2011
LGBT Youth Scotland, in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, have launched a new survey for young people aged 11-25 who live, study or work in East Ayrshire.

Christmas Cards On Sale Now

December 7th 2011
LGBT Youth Scotland is pleased to announce that our charity Christmas cards are now on sale.

LGBT History Month Grants Launched

December 7th 2011
For February 2012 we are delighted to announce the launch of our small grants scheme for community groups.

It Gets Better Alex Salmond Shows His Support

December 7th 2011
The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, shows his support for the It Gets Better campaign