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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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

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

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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!

Socks

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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.’

Socks

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