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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Exhibition Launch

The young people from GLOW had a fantastic time at the launch event for their new exhibition. (Un)Seen (Un)heard: Celebrating Young LGBTQ+ Voices in Perth is now open in the AK Bell library and will run until 27th March.

At the launch event young people welcomed guests from partner organisations to be the first to experience the exhibition which showcases young LGBTQ+ peoples experiences in Perth through Oral History recordings, an animation video, a photo series called the Object Project and so much more!

We also invite you to contribute to the exhibition through our Q&A box and Queering the map section!

GLOW group (Perth)

Perth Kenneth

Kenneth arrives in Perth!
Kenneth the unicorn (our Dundee groups mascot) has made it safely to Perth and has received a very warm welcome in the AK Bell library where he is stopping off on his way to Perth Museum! He has got up to lots of mischief already!

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A tale of two unicorns…..
Our Dundee Allsorts of Spectrum group’s mascot Kenneth is going to be taking a break from attending group to spend some time on display in the new Perth Museum.
This has been a tough decision for the group who will miss him lots but were really keen that Kenneth get to enjoy this wonderful opportunity. Once the exhibition opens the group will be going along to visit him. For Kenneth’s last night at the group until he returns in October we threw him a leaving party and Kenneth surprised the group with a lovely card and a gift – his cousin ‘Wee Kenny’ who he has arranged to come along and attend the group while he is away!

Kenneth

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Today is Purple Friday! I spent the afternoon at The Junction (a young people’s service based in Leith) chilling, chatting and crafting! The young people and I ended up creating some zines; cutting out queer magazines and collaging to make something new. Whilst crafting, we chatted about LGBTYS services, youth groups, and of course Purple Friday! Look out – we might even have some new recruits to our youth groups next week!

LGBTYS at The Junction

Lauren Mayberry

Today is Purple Friday and we are delighted to have the support from Lauren Mayberry from Chvrches. Here’s what she shared on her Instagram:

“Here is a special #throwbackthursday picture of me aged 17 ish, playing drums with my first band in the now defunct Cobar pub on Pitt Street in Glasgow…
@chvrches and I have been longterm supporters of LGBT Youth Scotland (@lgbtys) and the work they do with 13-25 year olds in the LGBTQ+ community. Their #PurpleFriday campaign starts tomorrow, aiming to raise awareness of the organisation and help young people navigate their way through the world authentically, safely and joyfully.”

Thank you Lauren for being such an incredible ally to the LGBTQ+ young people we support 💜

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It’s Purple Friday so I got my best purple fleece on and took my human for a walk to spread some purple love! 💜💜💜💜

Ernie x

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For LGBT History Month young people from the Allsorts of Spectrum group were invited to the Mcmanus Gallery for a tour of the museum and an art workshop. We learned about the history of Dundee and got to see their printing exhibition that they have in the museum at the moment!
We then took part in a printmaking workshop where young people learned different printing techniques and then got to make their own. They took inspiration from their group mascot Kenneth as well as their own interests to make their own unique prints!

Sarah & Allsorts of Spectrum group

GLOW Animation Video

Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes shot from the GLOW groups new animation video which will be unveiled at their upcoming exhibition in the AK Bell library. The group had a great time working with Media Co-op to develop a script from quotes for an oral history project they did, they then developed this into a story board and shot each scene to produce a stop motion animation – we can’t wait to show you the full video soon!!

GLOW Group (Perth)

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!!

Izzy

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 www.creativestirling.org/lavender-lives

Lou

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