Events held across Scotland to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture
This year’s LGBT History Month got off to a fine start with an event in Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.
Guests were treated to a showcase of various artists’ work including author Zoe Strachan, who introduced prose and poetry from an anthology called ‘Out There’, featuring Scotland’s leading and emerging LGBT writers.
Comic book artist Garry Mac discussed his process in creating an animated short, which reflects the real lives of LGBT people.
LGBT History Month, held every February in Scotland by LGBT Youth Scotland, is a chance to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture, and to recognise the significant contribution LGBT people have made to our country and the world at large.
This past year has certainly been historic for LGBT people their families, friends and supporters in Scotland
It is also an opportunity for learning, discussion and debate around the continued fight for LGBT liberation.
Fergus McMillan, chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said: “This past year has certainly been historic for LGBT people their families, friends and supporters in Scotland. “The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014 and the first same-sex marriage ceremonies took place on 31 December 2014.
“As a youth organisation, we believe that young people need to hear positive messages about being LGBT in order that they can ‘come-out’ or access support and same-sex marriages will do that.”
Throughout the month a number of events are being held around the country to celebrate LGBT History Month.
These include song writing workshops with Horse McDonald in South Lanarkshire, a club night at Edinburgh’s Summerhall and a number of discussion events in Inverness.
For full details visit www.lgbthistory.org.uk.