LGBT Youth Scotland Celebrates Young People's Achievements

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. 

Award winners included David Corr, a young person from Glasgow who took an active role in the ‘Don’t Closet Mental Health’ campaign about mental health and LGBT young people.  Susannah McWhirter received the South Ayrshire award for her work in combatting homophobia in schools after experiencing homophobic bullying herself.  In national prizes, Nancy Russell won ‘Young Activist of the Year’ in recognition of their involvement in the Equal Marriage campaign.  Other winners included Parents Enquiry Scotland, a helpline for the parents and families of LGBT people.  ‘Youth Group of the Year’ went to Allsorts, an LGBT youth group for young people aged 13 to 25 in Dundee.

The LGBT Inspiration Award was presented to the LGBT 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletes.  Claire Harvey, ParalympicsGB sitting volleyball player, accepted the Award through a recorded message on behalf of the athletes.  Claire said ‘It means a lot to us to know that we are doing what we are doing but hopefully we are inspiring you, the young people, to live your dream and fulfill your potential’.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said “The achievement of these young people is truly inspirational.  I would like to congratulate all of the worthy award winners and say thank you to our sponsors and partners for supporting our work.”

Gary Lamont, of BBC Scotland’s “River City” hosted the Awards.  Last year Gary won the LGBT Inspiration Award, voted by young people.  Lucy Spraggan and Karen Dunbar both provided video messages in support of LGBT young people, shown on the night.  Awards were sponsored by a wide range of partner organisations.

The list of winners is as follows:

  • LGBT Inspiration – 2012 LGBT Olympic & Paralympic Athletes
  • Inspiring campaign - Inspiring Change, Ayrshire Peer Ed Group
  • Most LGBT friendly organisation - East Dunbartonshire Council
  • Most LGBT friendly organisation - University of St Andrews
  • Individual Achievement, Glasgow - David
  • Individual Achievement, Aberdeen - Struan
  • Individual Achievement, Dundee - Marc
  • Individual Achievement, Perth - Kieran
  • Individual Achievement, South Ayrshire - Susannah
  • Individual Achievement, East Ayrshire - Emma
  • Individual Achievement, Clackmannanshire - Natasha
  • Individual Achievement, Falkirk - Alan
  • Individual Achievement, Inverness & Highland - Ruby
  • Learner of the year - Eilidh
  • Most active young person - Gemma
  • Peer educator of the year - Morgan
  • Best newcomer (NYC) - Ross
  • Young activist of the year - Nancy
  • Bronze LGBT Charter Mark awarded to Ayrshire College- Access and Inclusion (HIVE) Kilmarnock Campus
  • Bronze LGBT Charter Mark awarded to The Department for Sexual Health – NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Outstanding achievement - Parents Enquiry Scotland
  • Best local project – Download, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Best national project - Adult Volunteering project
  • Best event - Time for Tea
  • Involving young people - Sexual Health and Relationships Youth Team, Lothians
  • Best new group – TYG: Trans* Youth Glasgow
  • Youth Group of the year – Allsorts, Dundee


For press enquiries about the Awards please ring Carol-Ann Cunningham, Communications Officer on 07718 769 068.