LGBT Youth Scotland Calls for People to Stand Up and Speak Out Against Homophobia

For Immediate Release: Saturday 23rd August 

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.

Central to the campaign is the Shh! Silence helps homophobia film, which has been developed with support from the Fife Cultural Partnerships Fund created by the Fife LGBTYouth group, 'Flavours of Fife', who scripted it and got funding for the film, which is now being rolled out nationally as part of LGBT Youth Scotland’s education campaign.

The film takes us through a young person’s experience of homophobia at school, asking us 'What could be done differently?’ -  calling on people to stand up and speak out.

“Every time we remain silent, we help homophobia happen. It’s everyone’s responsibility to name it and never accept it.” Shh! Film

The film has already been a huge internet hit, reaching over 30,000 views to date, and recently receiving nomination for Scottish Creative Awards ‘Best Online Film’ nomination category.
To coincide with the campaign, on national Coming Out day on Saturday 11th of October 2014, LGBT Youth Scotland will be inviting people across Scotland to share their messages of why they won’t stay silent about homophobia using the hashtag #wontstaysilent

LGBT Youth Scotland Chief Executive, Fergus McMillan commented:

“Homophobia often goes unchallenged, as people are unsure or afraid to name it. As a result, many people either choose to ignore a homophobic incident altogether or deal with the situation without mentioning the real issue – homophobia. This campaign aims to highlight the importance of naming homophobia and giving a clear message that it is never acceptable.

We are very excited to launch our first crowdfund as part of this campaign. With your support we hope to raise more than £7,500 to enable the delivery of our work with schools as safe and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in order that they can become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.”

Find out more about the campaign at http://igg.me/at/shh.


Notes to Editor:
1/ LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. Our vision is to: “empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and the wider LGBT community so that they are embraced as full members of the Scottish family at home, school and in every community.”  www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

2/LGBT Youth Scotland is a company limited by guarantee (No 244805) with charitable status (SC024047). Registered at 40 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JD

3/ Download full word version of media release at https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/media

4/ More information about the crowdfund campaign can be found at http://igg.me/at/shh

5/ Film nomination for Scottish Creative Awards can be found at http://www.scottishcreativeawards.com/nominations

6/Press Contact:   Mhairi Mcmillan 07718769068

7/ High Resolution photos available on request