LGBT Health and Wellbeing produces a range of regular e-bulletins aimed at keeping you in touch with our services, programmes and other health, wellbeing and equality developments. We would invite you to subscribe to any e-bulletin that seems relevant to you.
- Village Voices: monthly e-bulletin keeping you up to date on new, events and groups for LGBT communities in Edinburgh and beyond.
- Glasgow Village Voices: monthly e-bulletin keeping you up to date on new, events and groups for LGBT communities in Glasgow.
- T Monthly: monthly e-bulletin keeping you up to date on new, events, groups and support for trans communities across Scotland.
- LGBT Age: monthly e-bulletin for LGBT people aged 50+, including coverage of the LGBT Age social programme in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and relevant community news.
- Rainbow Families: quarterly e-bulletin for LGBTQI families, providing community news, events, information and support in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 523 1100 to request to subscribe to any of these mailing lists or to request for these to be posted to you.
We have produced a number of awareness raising films, which are available to view:
- A Long Line of Glitter: a new short film created and shaped by a community of LGBT 50+ people living in or around Glasgow. The film offers the rare chance to witness the unique perspective of people who have lived through the changes we now take for granted.
- Transvisions: our award winning exploration of the experience of transgender people in Scotland. Features candid conversations with transgender people that challenge the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding transgender identities.
- Are We Being Served?: LGBT community members reflect on their experiences, hopes and attitudes towards mainstream services as they get older. The film is a great resource for running your own awareness raising training session, either by yourself or in a group. These training notes will support you to get the most out of the film, and are designed to help you to draw out the key issues and think about practical ways of engaging with them.
- Coming Out Stories: a selection of powerful coming out stories from members of Scotland’s LGBT community.
- ‘See Me’- I’m open minded: this film explores mental health issues, sexual orientation and gender identity. It is part of a series of five short films under the theme ‘see me, I’m…’ that See Me Scotland has produced to raise awareness of mental health in relation to a particular area and the stigma still too often associated with mental health problems.
- Living With – Exhibition: we celebrated LGBT History Month 2016 with a unique and varied exhibition that put a diverse range of artists’ work in the spotlight to explore the experiences of being LGBT and living with or managing a long term health condition.
Resources for working with LGBT people
- LGBTI Populations and Mental Health Inequality: this 2018 report pulls together the main research in relation to the mental health inequalities experienced by LGBTI adults and young people, the key causes for these inequalities and makes recommendations for improving the mental health of LGBTI populations in a Scottish context.
- LGBT Inclusive Mental Health Services: a guide for health and social care service providers.
- Transgender Workplace Support Guide: a guide to support transgender employees, their employers and human resources staff in the workplace to develop good working relationships and an inclusive working environment.
- Fife LGBT Community Needs Assessment: report of community needs assessment in Fife carried out in 2015. You can also download a summary of the report.
- Gender Identity Booklet: an information booklet co-produced with the Scottish Transgender Alliance for transgender people in Scotland, their families and friends.
- Shaping Futures: LGBT people growing older – report of a seminar held in 2004 highlighting the needs of older LGBT people in Scotland.
- Safe and Secure: report from the LGBT Housing Project undertaken in partnership with SFHA and Stonewall Scotland.
- LGBT Needs Assessment: report of community needs assessment carried out in 2007.
- LGBT Age Ten Top Tips For Becoming More LGBT Inclusive: for services and organisations working with older people.
- LGBT Age Consultation: summary of 2013 consultation with LGBT people over 50.
LGBT Health regularly produces Impact Reports that focus on the impact of particular projects or pieces of work. Recent Impact Reports include:
- LGBT Age Impact Report: 2017 impact report sharing the work of LGBT Age Scotland Project, a 3-year project for LGBT people over 50 across Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
- LGBT Mental Health Capacity Building Project: 2017 impact report from 2-year project funded by the Scottish Government, focusing on the barriers that LGBT people face in accessing mental health services as promoting good practice within mainstream mental health services.
- LGBT Mental Health Empowerment Space: 2017 impact report from 6-month project funded by See Me Scotland, exploring the impact of mental health stigma.
- LGBT Swimming Project: 2014 report on 8 exclusive swimming sessions for LGBT people provided in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure.
- LGBT Age Capacity Building Project: Report sharing the learning from the LGBT Age Capacity Building Project which ran from May 2012-June 2015.
- LGBT Mental Health Demonstration Project: Outlines the breadth of service delivery and capacity building work undertaken over 2010-2014 as part of our 3 ½ year Scottish Government funded demonstration project.
- Speak Out Creative Writing Project: Report on the creative writing project run September 2013 to February 2014, which culminated in the publication of the Naked Among Thistles anthology.
- Transition Support Service: 2014 report on our 2-year BLF-funded Scotland-wide holistic programme of support to transgender people around their gender reassignment or transition.
- LGBT Helpline Scotland: 2014 report on the first year of our national LGBT Helpline.
- LGBT Equalities Project: Report on this EHRC-funded initiative delivered 2010-2012 to increase accessibility and support LGBT people with a focus on multiple discrimination and community safety.
For more information on any of our services you can get in touch with our Head of Services, Stacey Webster at email@example.com or call her on 0131 652 3282 or 0131 523 1100.
We host quarterly community discussion events on topical matters and issues that affect LGBTQI communities. If you didn’t manage to attend, below we have some event reports to give you an insight into who attended and what was discussed. Look out for some useful resources too:
- Being Queer in a Cis-Straight World: report from the September 2018 community discussion about the main barriers to LGBT people’s wellbeing and the reasons why queer people often suffer disproportionately from poor mental health.
- What is Pride?: report from the June 2018 community discussion about modern pride events and where they originated, with Scotch Bonnet, Trans Pride Scotland and Free Pride.
- Sextival: report from the February 2018 community discussion about queer sex and relationships in partnership with Terrence Higgins Trust, Sandyford, Smut Slam Glasgow and Luke and Jacks shop.
- Deaf and LGBT Discussion: report from the February 2018 community discussion about LGBTQ+ identities and the D/deaf community.
- Queers and Criminalisation: report from the November 2017 community discussion about issues for LGBTQ people who are criminalised.
- Another Brick in the Wall: event report from the May 2017 community discussion about LGBTQI people’s experiences of education.
- Brexit and Beyond Community Discussion: event report from November 2016 community discussion with Brexit Minister, Michael Russell.
- Getting it Right for LGBT Teachers: event report from April 2016 community discussion for LGBT teachers in Scotland.
- The Media: Friend or Foe?: event report from May 2015 community discussion about LGBT representation in the media.
- Film Nights Consultation: event report from April 2015 consultation evening on our current LGBT Film Night service.
- Ticking the Other Box: event report from September 2014 community discussion about having identities that don’t fit neatly into categories.
We host quarterly confidence building workshops for the trans and non-binary community. Within these reports you can read summaries of discussions, learn more about how we structure events and get a feel for the impact they have on those who attend:
- Transition Support Course 2018 (Edinburgh): a report from the 2018 Transition Support Course where participants explored gender transition options with guest facilitator James Morton from the Scottish Transgender Alliance.
- British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS) Conference 2017: a summary from October 2017 BAGIS conference titled “listening to trans and non-binary communities”
- Trans and Non-binary Community Q&A Information Evening: a report from the 2017 Q&A Information Evening with National Gender Identity Clinical Network Scotland (NGICNS)
- Transition Support Course 2017 (Glasgow): a report from the 2017 Transition Support Course where participants explored transition options with guest facilitator James Morton from the Scottish Transgender Alliance.
- Transition Support Course 2017 (Edinburgh): a report from the 2017 Transition Support Course where participants explored gender transition options with guest facilitator James Morton from the Scottish Transgender Alliance.
- Trans Social Group | Fife: findings from a consultation event held on 25th June 2016, in Kirkcaldy, exploring how a new regular social group in Fife would best serve the trans community.
- Sex, Relationships & Intimacy: a report from a 2016 Confidence Building Workshop as part of the Lothian Transgender Support Programme.
- NHS Lothian Gender Services Information Session: an event report from a 2016 Q&A information session giving trans people in Lothian, the opportunity to meet clinic staff and hear about gender services in a safe and supportive community setting.
- Trans Community Support Group’s Day: a report on our Scotland-wide networking event held in February 2014.
- Practical Skills Day: an event report from a 2015 Confidence Building Workshop as part of the Lothian Transgender Support Programme.
LGBT Health and Wellbeing has been involved in the production of a number of publications. Please feel free to download a copy of these, which is in a PDF format. Unfortunately we are no longer able to supply paper copies of these publications.
- The Gender Garden: a Scottish anthology of transgender, non-binary and intersex voices.
- Naked Among Thistles: created as part of our ‘Speak Out’ project, Naked Among Thistles is a moving anthology that speaks honestly about issues which are too often hidden in stigma and silence. Whether you are an LGBT+ person looking for solidarity, a friend who would like to learn how to be more supportive, a professional looking to better understand the mental health inequalities LGBT+ people face, or just someone who appreciates the diversity of people’s stories—this book is for you. You can access the book at the following places:Google BooksGoogle PlayAmazon