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.
A drawing completed at Comic Con by a young person.
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.
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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.”
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.