LGBT Youth Scotland's response to attack in Orlando

Trustees, staff and young people at LGBT Youth Scotland stand in solidarity with LGBT people in the USA and around the world, following the horrific events in Orlando, over the weekend.

Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy is with the friends and families of the victims and everyone affected by these brutal attacks.

"This event underlines why all of our collective efforts to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and its consequent violent expressions are now, as much as ever, so very important across the world". Fergus McMillan (Chief Executive)

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, sent a message of support on social media with a picture showing the Pride Flag flying at half mast above the Scottish Governement Buildings in Edinburgh with the hashtag  #LoveWins

There are vigils marking the Orlando attack,

George Square, Glasgow at 5.30pm on Monday 13th June:


St Andrew Square, Edinburgh at 7pm on Wednesday 15th June:


The Stove, in Dumfries at 6pm on Monday 13th June


The University of Dundee LGBT Society- details to be confirmed



For LGBTI young people struggling as a result of these events:

  • Contact your local youth worker to arrange an appointment
  • Access online supportwww.lgbtyouth.org.uk/yp-online-support
  • Or call ChildLine 0800 1111 (18 or under), the LGBT Helpline 0300 123 2523 (open Tues & Wed  12 - 9pm) or contact the Samaritans on 116 123