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making Scotland
a place where
LGBTQ+ young people

We are Scotland’s national charity for LGBTQ+ young people, aged 13-25. We support young people in all aspects of their lives through the provision of amazing youth work, and we support them to use their voice to create change in equality and human rights.


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Purple East

Tomorrow is #purplefriday and our East Team, Ann, Socks, Julia, Nari and Keith have been taking part in the Purple Friday: Miles for Money Challenge to champion LGBTQ+ visibility and raise money for LGBT Youth Scotland,
We have almost reached our target. Can you help us meet it?
All money raised helps us in our mission to support LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive.

Ann Marriott

Andres Ordorica

Poet and writer Andrés Ordorica just shared this with us on his Instagram in support of Purple Friday:

“Here’s me, age six, back when being a published novelist (let alone an Observer 2024 Top Debut) and award-winning poet centring queer stories was an unimaginable dream. This #PurpleFriday I’m supporting @lgbtys and encouraging LGBTQ+ young people to see the future trailblazer in themselves too.”

Thanks Andrés for being a visible ally for LGBTQ+ young people 💜

Alan Cumming

In its 9th year, we are gearing up to celebrate Purple Friday 💜 on 23rd February – a day to spread hope, love and support for LGBTQ+ young people in Scotland!

We are thrilled to have Bafta-winning actor, Alan Cumming back our efforts to to bathe the nation in purple.

He told us: “I’m delighted to be supporting LGBT Youth Scotland in building a more inclusive Scotland this LGBT History Month. Young people are our future and it’s so important that queer young people all over Scotland know that they are loved and valued for who they are.”

He also wrote on his Instagram:

“Here’s me, age 16, back when the life I have now was just a dream! This upcoming #PurpleFriday I’m supporting @lgbtys and encouraging LGBTQ+ young people to see the future superstar in themselves too.”

Thanks Alan! 💜

Maslows Pancake Stack Of Needs

Maslow’s Pancake Stack of needs!

For Pancake Day the GLOW group considered pancakes as a metaphor for life. We thought about how the first pancake always turns out rubbish but this paves the way for better pancakes and reflected on our own ‘First Pancake’ moments in life.

Then we thought about a ‘recipe for life’ thinking about what we need for physical and mental wellbeing and then built this into a pancake stack to consider how these different needs relate to each other and how we can’t achieve the higher ‘pancakes’ without a firm pancake foundation.
We also ate a few pancakes for good measure!!


Comic Book Day

To round off 2023, and bring in 2024, Forth Valley's Lavender Lives project has running some creative workshops with young people.

Lavender Lives Part 2, funded by Youthlink Scotland's Art Fund, provides our young people with opportunities to be creative, learn new skills, meet people, build confidence and grow their employability skills.

On Saturday, we had session 2 of our Comic Book Course, led by illustrator Clare Forrest (who also works for LGBT Youth Scotland's Unseen Unheard project!). The Comic Book course introduced the participants to world of comics, with some fun creative icebreaker activities that led to the development of a final "zine" comic about self identity.

In addition, Triangle have been developing their own board game titled "COMIN' OOT!". We are hoping to develop this into a physical game, so watch this space!

Some of the young people provided us with feedback surrounding the sessions, which include:

"Openness with myself"
"I think it will build my confidence, and I love meeting new people".

If you are a young person living in Forth Valley, and are interested in getting involved, head to


Purple East

The LGBTYS East Team, Ann, Socks, Julia, Nari and Keith are taking part in the Purple Friday: Miles for Money Challenge to champion LGBTQ+ visibility and raise money for LGBT Youth Scotland.

We aim to complete 250 miles by swimming, walking, running, ballet, rowing, elliptical and burlesque!!

Would you like to sponsor us to keep our spirits up?

Support us here


The Crannie Community Hub in Edinburgh and LGBTYS have been collaborating on a chef project – 4 young people have been working with a professional chef, supporting them to gain access to the hospitality!

So far the young people have cooked a cauliflower wellington with roasted veggies and raspberry cheesecake, and most recently they learnt how to make different flavoured pasta from scratch! Watch this space for our budding chefs to take over a kitchen near you!


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This Christmas, the Edinburgh based SmashUp group made queer festive cards to send to groups in Dundee, Perth and Glasgow.

After the SmashUp cards arrived in the post, the Glow group said: ‘It felt really nice to do something in collaboration with another group. I liked receiving the cards and thinking about what they will think of our cards.’


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The Rainbow Cookery project was developed and created to encourage young people into cooking and to show that it doesn’t have to be scary or expensive and that you can make some incredible food without spending a fortune. Young people made some beautiful things!


Ed Pride 2022

We’re pleased to introduce you to everyone’s favourite member of the Central and North team, our lovable mascot Kenneth!! Kenneth lives with our Dundee group who won him in a contest, as well as attending group every Wednesday he goes on lots of adventures, including attending Pride marches across the country.

This year Kenneth travelled to Perth for Perthshire Pride and Edinburgh for Edinburgh Pride. We look forward to keeping the Community Feed updated with Kenneth’s future activities and adventures!!


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Young people from the GLOW group in Perth visited RASAC PK for to make banners to be handed out to participants at the upcoming Reclaim the Night March.

This is something the group do every year and they are really excited to see their banners in action at the march!


National youth work awards group picture

During our LGBTQ+ Charter Mark, we worked with LGBTQ+ young people to address an issue with accessing a gender-neutral loo, this metamorphized into an RPG featuring their experiences, the UNCRC, signposting and activism to make positive change.

We were over the moon to be nominated as a finalist at the YouthLink Scot Youth Work Awards, let alone win! The young people who created the RPG run their LGBTQ+ group in their community with support.

Clair, Youth Highland

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