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A Historic Year for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland!



February is LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month originated in the United States in 1994 and was first celebrated in Scotland in 2003. It is managed by LGBT Youth Scotland and overseen by an advisory group. It is however largely delivered by volunteers who have the enthusiasm and passion to deliver events that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture, recognising the significant contribution LGBT people have made to our country and the world at large.

This year LGBT History Month was launched on the 28th of January in Glasgow’s Tron Theatre with speeches from Marco Biagi (Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment) and Patrick Harvie (Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party and Glasgow MSP). Various artists showcased their work including author Zoe Strachan, who introduced prose and poetry from an anthology called ‘Out There’, featuring Scotland’s leading and emerging LGBT writers. Comic book artist Garry Mac discussed his process in creating an animated short, which reflects the real lives of LGBT people.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:

“This past year has certainly been historic for LGBT people their families, friends and supporters in Scotland. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014 and the first same-sex marriage ceremonies took place on 31 December 2014. As a youth organisation, we believe that young people need to hear positive messages about being LGBT in order that they can ‘come-out’ or access support and same-sex marriages will do that.

Whilst it’s important to celebrate key achievements, LGBT History Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past, think about the present and look to the future.  For example it wasn’t until 1980 that same-sex sexual acts were decriminalised in Scotland. So we can take time out to be thankful but with the understanding that whilst LGBT people have nearly achieved legislative equality, there is still some way to go to win the hearts and minds everyone in Scotland.”

Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi said:  

"LGBT History Month is an opportunity to showcase the best of LGBT culture from both a national and local level.   It is not only for LGBT people and communities but everyone who wants to celebrate the progress that has been made regarding LGBTI equality.

"2014 was a momentous year for Scotland and for the history of LGBT equality with the introduction of one of the most progressive equal marriage laws in the world. I am proud of the people and communities who pushed, supported, and worked collaboratively with the government to introduce this legislation as it is these people who will ultimately benefit from the progress made, and deservedly so.  

"Inclusivity is an integral part of the Scotland we, and I in particular as Minister for Community Empowerment, are striving for.  It is heartening to see the reach of LGBTI equality extending into mainstream organisations, service providers and our schools but there is still much to do.

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Notes to Editor:
1/ LGBT History Month is delivered/ co-ordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland. More information regarding LGBT History Month in Scotland can be found here:
www.lgbthistory.org.uk

2/ LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.  www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

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

4/ Download full word version of media release at https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/media
5/ Photographs from this years LGBT History Month launch event available on request 
6/ Press Contact:  Cara Spence   07718769068