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Mapping LGBT Scotland   

There are over 100 organisations working across Scotland to support, represent, campaign and provide essential services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). These organisations are as diverse as Scotland’s LGBT communities, covering a myriad of interests, issues and concerns. Some take an active campaigning role, others provide essential health, advice and advocacy services, whilst many offer support and a social outlet for LGBT people in local areas. From Caithness to Dumfries and Galloway there are organised LGBT groups from lesbian mothers and gay dads to the parents and families of LGBT people; from LGBT older people to LGBT youth; from political activists to “lesbian ladies” coffee mornings; from gay Real Ale enthusiasts to LGBT hillwalkers, ramblers and rugby players.

Many LGBT organisations have long and successful histories; growing with the LGBT community and evolving to develop and diversify the work they do to meet the needs of LGBT people in their local area or nationally. However, as a result of a variety of factors, many LGBT organisations do not enjoy such a long life. Lack of funding, lack of direction, and the burn-out experienced by many community activists and organisers, as well as many other factors, has contributed to the demise of several LGBT organisations across the country. The impact of this lack of sustainability can be witnessed most acutely in rural and remote sections of Scotland, where small LGBT groups often provide an essential link for LGBT people in the area.

It is important to note that the LGBT community sector is historically under-funded and under-resourced and could not sustain this essential work without the commitment of volunteers and community activists.

To date, there has been little significant data collected about the activities, location or needs of LGBT community organisations or about mainstream agencies working with Scotland’s LGBT communities. In view of this, Beyond Barriers (UK) aimed to develop and conduct a research study to enable us to create a detailed map of organised LGBT activity in Scotland.

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