LGBT Youth Scotland Calls on Friends and Allies to Join us at Pride Glasgow

LGBT Youth Scotland at Pride

[Photograph of young people at Edinbugh Pride 2016]

LGBT Youth Scotland gets set for Glasgow Pride this Saturday. The LGBT Youth Scotland family of young people, staff, volunteers and Trustees gear up for the annual parade, gathering and celebration of LGBT people’s lives – with this year’s march focussing on the theme of education. LGBT Youth Scotland will be there in force and are calling on friends and supporters to join us.

Banners with demands, flags with rainbows, and glitter to stand out from the crowd – Pride brings LGBT people and allies together in celebration of the LGBT community, and in protest to agitate for the change that is still needed to ensure that LGBT people in Scotland are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.

There are many things to celebrate, and securing more equal rights for LGBT people in Scotland is something our country can be proud of – with equal marriage a significant milestone, yet one that shouldn’t signify that it’s time to shut up shop just yet.

For many LGBT people their experiences tell us a different story, highlighting that more progress is needed to ensure that LGBT people can live full lives, and feel safe, included and respected. LGBT Youth Scotland’s Education Report (2012) tells us that 69% of all LGBT respondents had experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying in school, with 10% leaving school as a direct result.

Fergus McMillan (Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland) commented:

“LGBT Youth Scotland, family and friends look forward to joining our supporters and allies at Pride to celebrate successes and bring the community together to push for continued collective action and progress.” 

“While it is clear from LGBT young people’s experiences that education needs to be more inclusive of LGBT identities, it is important to recognise that some progress has been made. 

LGBT Youth Scotland now works with teachers and schools across the country every week that are committed to improving education for LGBT young people.”

“This week alone, LGBT Youth Scotland celebrates the achievement of training 389 teachers and support assistants in Scottish schools, all in the first week of term. The education focus of Pride provides the opportunity to celebrate these successes, and for LGBT young people to speak out about the progress still needed.”  

“There is certainly still work to be done and allies can play a vital part in making school a better place for LGBTI young people to learn and feel safe, respected and included.”

Speaking about their first experience of a Pride event, one young person said:

“I went from being a shy little boy who hid who he was for so long, to skipping down the Royal Mile with a rainbow flag wrapped around my neck. I stopped caring what people thought of me. I took that confidence with me back to Inverness and I’ve never looked back since. There are always going to be people who try to pull you down but I know who I am now.”

Asked what Pride means to them, another young person commented:

“Pride is important to find community and see the diversity within it. It lets people be themselves for at least one day and it gives LGBT young people a chance to have their voices

Come along, march with us, visit our stall and find out about our Friends and Family Scheme and how #friendschangelives at LGBT Youth Scotland.

Meeting at Glasgow Green from 11.30am for the march at noon. More information on our Facebook event page