making Scotland a place where
LGBTQ+young people CAN FLOURISH AND THRIVE

making Scotland
a place where
LGBTQ+ young people
CAN FLOURISH
AND THRIVE

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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Last month, (Un)Seen, (Un)Heard were honoured to be invited to Edinburgh City Chambers to meet the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, and represent the ‘City of Diversity’. We invited along a group of young people and alongside Lavender Menace were delighted to share with Their Royal Highnesses the successes of our project so far, our plans for the amazing Edinburgh 900 project, and why it is so important for our city to protect and celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s young LGBTQ+ young people.

(Un)Seen, (Un)Heard

T Shirt Making Session

Over the last couple weeks young people from the Allsorts of Spectrum group in Dundee have been designing t-shirts to wear at pride. Some young people choose to paint their t-shirt, other choose to use fabric pens, and some decided to print a design onto their t-shirt which is a technique they learned at a workshop they attended with McManus Galleries. They all came up with their own unique designs and we are looking forward to seeing them at pride!

Allsorts of Spectrum Group Dundee

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Eden Court’s Queer Youth Arts Collective is an online creative space for Highland-based LGBTI+ young people aged 13 to 18. We meet once a week on Zoom to come together as community, create, and connect. We aim to build a welcoming and inclusive space that queer and questioning young people and allies can make their own. Each week we try different art forms with the support of guest artists from all over Scotland.

More information about QYAC can be found here: https://eden-court.co.uk/event/qyac

Sessions will be on Thursdays from 7pm-8.45pm on Zoom and we start next week on Thursday 25th April.

For more information and to sign up please direct people to qyac@eden-court.co.uk

Lucy McGlennon

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Our Tayside team had a lovely time helping to organise and deliver a Spring Pride Tea Party and Dundee and Angus college last week. There were loads of fun activities including puppet making, mocktails, hair braids and a photobooth! We had lots of lovely visitors to our stall to chat about the work we do, leave feedback on the event and grab some pride themed goodies!

Izzy

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I am the volunteer manager at LGBTYS and I had the pleasure of visiting some of our Youth Groups in March.

My travels took me across the country to 7 different groups and a YC, and here is what I learned:

At GLOW, I saw a great exhibit and listened to the Young People answer questions from the Q&A.
At All Sorts of Spectrum, Dinosaurs and Biscuits are appropriate topics.
At Triangle, There is an amazing amount of history in Scotland, some funny (to my American ears) words, and I feel bad for anyone who was on my team.
At Standout, I learned about D&D and Consent from a Young Person led session and also a new word… GLIMMER for positive triggers.
At Vada, I started a debate on where the top of a street is (seems there is no right answer) and learned the fairy godmother from Shrek has some persuasive arguments for how the UK could be better. I am still not sure who would have won the election.. Princess Leia gave her a run for her money.
At Phoenix, I learned there is still no BOBA (apparently, what they have at the college is rubbish) and that Yu-Gi-Oh is not really a game, I understand, but a starter pack might help.
At Involved, I watched a flag for Trans Pride come together and had some great chats.
Lastly, I attended meetings at Parliament with our Trans Rights Youth Commission, and I was impressed with this group’s confidence and how they presented their collective thoughts to our elected officials.

These visits were really helpful for me to see that our groups run pretty much the same way they did when I was a volunteer and continue to provide a Safe Space for Young People to be themselves.

THANK YOU to our teams for doing what you do to make Young People feel safe, supported and making me feel so welcome!

Daniel B-A

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On the 7th and the 28th of March, Forth Valley young people attended a Ceramics taster session at Creative Stirling venue. Hannah (MacKintosh), who was the artist leading the workshops, taught the young people about Pottery Throwing, alongside her trusty sidekick Diaz (the dog).

One of the young people fed back “I quite liked the texture of the clay, and the way I was able to shape it on the wheel”.

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🏳️‍⚧️ We are celebrating Trans Day of Visibility!

🎨 We’re excited to showcase the incredible creativity of our Forth Valley youth group! During a recent visit to the Glasgow Print Studio, our amazing young people crafted powerful campaign posters advocating for trans rights and spreading messages of trans joy. Their art calls for equality and acceptance.

Here’s one example of the art they’ve created – head to our Instagram and see more of their fabulous creations ✨

Forth Valley Youth Group

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✨ Last night at Kelvin Hall was nothing short of magical! We were thrilled to host an exclusive event showcasing our acclaimed Social History project, (Un)Seen, (Un)Heard, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland.

🎬 Guests were treated to a screening of the our film “Past, Present & Proud” – reminding us all of the resilience and pride within our community.

💖 A huge thank you to everyone who made it along! Together, let’s keep making Scotland a place where all LGBTQ+ young people can flourish and thrive.

🔗 The film is part of our digital exhibition. You can find it under the theme “Across the Generations” here.

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