Young people told us that there was something unique about the love and support they found within the LGBTQ+ community. Finding other people, through youth groups or pride events, or even through spotting someone else with colourful hair, make us feel safe and accepted and able to express who we truly are. 

 

Community Anon

Messages 

Anonymous 

A drawing completed at Comic Con by a young person.

Togetherness

Sophie, MCM Comic Con

A drawing completed at Comic Con in response to the drawing prompt “togetherness.”

Family
Anonymous 

A drawing completed at Comic Con in response to the drawing prompt “family”

Growth

Conor McCormack

A short graphic quote about finding people who help you grow.

Submitted via our online submission form

Beyond Gender

Beyond Gender group, Edinburgh, 2023

A group of four young people ask each other questions about life, identity, special interests and relationships.

 

Topics: Community, friendship, queer relationships, gender identity, family relationships, neurodivergence, mental heath, culture, mushrooms and nature.

 

Click to play, or listen on Soundcloud here

Pride Flag

MCM Comic Con, September 2023

Messages written on a pride flag by attendees of MCM Comic Con in September 2023

There Are People There For You

Quote from Andrew, 20, he/him, MardiGla 2023.

Illustrations by Seán Casey, design by Chris Newton.

Look After Each Other

Quote from Christie,
Edinburgh Pride 2023.

Illustrations by Seán Casey, design by Chris Newton.

I think I’m Going To Be Okay

Quote from Ruairidh, 24, he/him, MardiGla 2023.

Illustrations by Seán Casey, design by Chris Newton.

Images from Illustrated Zine
Matthew, 15, Stirling

 

A series of images created by Matthew for his illustrated zine “The Gayness”,  the Lavender Lives Comic Book Workshop in Creative Stirling.

Matthew’s Tile (Name TBC)

Matthew, 15, Stirling

“I created this piece about how I was bullied for being gay, but now that I have joined the LGBT Youth Scotland group in Stirling I can be myself without worrying about being bullied. 

 

“I want to show people that they are not alone- there are people who will like you and support you for who you are.

 

“My hopes for the future are to grow as an artist and work with famous companies. I want to work with other creative people and have my own gallery and exhibition. I also want to go to university to study art.”

 

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Share your story

This exhibition is an organic thing – an accessible archive space where you can tell or show us what life is like for you. You are so welcome here and we’d love you to feel a part of what we are doing. 

 

If you’d like to share what community means to you, you can add your story to our archives via the submission portal here.

 

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