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Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People

LGBT Youth Scotland Report on the lives and experiences of LGBT young people in Scotland.

LGBT Youth Scotland :

“While the percentage of LGBT young people who think Scotland is a good place to live has risen over the past decade, they still experience discrimination that negatively affects their health and wellbeing.

71% of LGBT young people and 82% of transgender young people had experienced bullying in school on the grounds of being LGBT. These figures represent an increase over the past 5 years.

35% of LGBT young people and 41% of transgender young people said that they had experienced a hate crime or hate incident in the past year.

84% of LGBT young people experienced at least one mental health problem or associated behaviour. Nearly all (96%) transgender young people indicated a mental health problem.

There are simple things you can do to improve the experiences of LGBT service users and staff and volunteers:

Undertake training on the needs and experiences of LGBT people

Impact assess your area of work in relation to LGBT people and ensure your policies are inclusive

Increase the visibility of LGBT identities through inclusive resources, campaigns, and marking commemorative days

Undertake a consultation assessing the needs of LGBT people in your service.

If you would like to meet with us to discuss the research findings and what you can do to include LGBT people, e-mail info@lgbtyouth.org.uk or call 0131 555 3940. You may also be interested in our LGBT Charter, a programme that enables your organisation to proactively include LGBTI people in every aspect of your work, protecting your staff and providing a high quality service to your customers or service users. For more information go to lgbtyouth.org.uk/lgbt-charter

An electronic copy of the report is available at lgbtyouth.org.uk/resources “

LGBT Youth Scotland

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