Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

LGBT History Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month takes place in Scotland every February. It is an opportunity to not only celebrate LGBT+ lives and culture but to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia too.  This work is carried out throughout the year but History Month is used as a primary focus on this work. 

2018 is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People. The aim of the year is to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. 

The overall aim of LGBT History Month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of all and this is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender plus (LGBT+) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

Every year a range of arts, cultural and educational events take place across the country. LGBT History Month is for everyone; individuals, community groups, organisations, service providers, LGBT+ and non-LGBT+ people.

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2018 is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People. The aim of the year is to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. 

East Ayrshire Council will be flying the Rainbow Flag at Council HQ to mark the start of LGBT History Month with a photo shoot with some of our LGBT+ Young People and Young Person’s Cabinet.  In addition, Vibrant Communities have an LGBT+ Empowerment Residential Training Experience taking place mid-February whereby Young People from within the LGBT+ community along with members of the Young Person’s Cabinet and local Youth Forums will come together and learn, be empowered and increase their support networks.

Ayrshire LGBT+ Development Group

The Ayrshire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Development Group is a multi-agency partnership working together to improve the lives of LGBT individuals living, studying and working in Ayrshire and Arran. The group has representatives from the local authorities, police, health, education and third sector organisations as well as LGBT specific organisations such as LGBT Youth Scotland and the Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland. 

Youth work in East Ayrshire

The Young People, Sport and Diversion team (YPSD) supports youth groups for young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, as well as those who are questioning their sexuality and those who are straight supporters.  The LGBT youth groups are safe and supportive environments for young people to attend and be themselves.  The YPSD team currently run groups in Kilmarnock, Auchinleck and Dalmellington. Please see below for further information.

All About Us Youth Group
Kilmarnock Town Centre
Mondays 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Contact: Mary Gladwell 01563 576372 Email: mary.gladwell@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

The Proud LGBT Youth Group, Auchinleck
Auchinleck
Tuesdays 4pm - 6pm
Contact: Louisa McEvoy 01563 576333 Email: louisa.mcevoy@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Adult work in East Ayrshire

The Terrence Higgins Trust, in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, run a LGBT Group for people who are 18 years and over.  The group is a safe and supportive environment where local LGBT people, family and friends can talk about issues that are relevant to them.  Please see below for further information.

East Ayrshire LGBT 18yrs+ Group
Kilmarnock
Third Monday of every month 7pm - 9pm
Contact: David Bingham 0141 3323838 or 07833693127 Email: david.bingham@tht.org.uk

The charter

Learning and Development (CLD) service was awarded LGBT Charter Mark status in 2009. The Charter Mark recognises Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered people (LGBT) and ensures that LGBT issues are included in CLD activities. It makes sure that LGBT people can feel confident that they will be included, valued and supported.

To gain this status, we had to submit a portfolio to LGBT Scotland. This included evidence of how we address issues such as:

  • policy
  • training and staff development
  • publicity and awareness-raising of LGBT issues
  • information for service users
  • ongoing review of procedures

For further national and local information on how LGBT supports young people, please visit LGBT Youth Scotland’s website.

Helpful guides and resources

Contact Information

Vibrant Communities
Telephone: 01563 576354
Telephone: 01563 578104
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