We have collated LGBTQ+ resources for young people, schools and artists/companies.
Resources for LGBTQ+ Young People
LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland's national charity for supporting LGBTQI young people aged 13-25. They run a LiveChat feature on their website which young people can use to speak to youth workers confidentially. They also have a variety of resources young people might find useful, such as:
- A coming out guide for LGB young people
- A coming out guide for trans and nonbinary young people
- Developing a gender and sexual orientation alliance
- View more LGBT Youth Scotland resources
Mermaids is a UK-wide charity for LGBTQ+ young people who provide:
- Mermaids helpline, text chat and web chat.
- Lots of resources for young people on NHS, government and legal services: view Mermaids resources.
Childline is a UK-wide charity who provide support for children and young people from lots of different backgrounds:
- Find out how to contact Childline via phone, chat, email and BSL.
- View Childline's information on sexuality and gender identity.
- View Childine's resources for young people under 12.
Resources for schools
LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland's national charity for supporting LGBTQI young people aged 13-25. They have a variety of resources for schools:
- Lesson activities and assemblies linked to the LGBTI cultural calendar
- LGBT Youth Scotland resources for schools on subjects such as LGBT History Month, tips for creating an inclusive school environment, addressing homophobic language, and mapping LGBT topics to the Curriculum for Excellence.
- ‘Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People’, the largest piece of research on LGBTI young people in Scotland.
- An LGBT charter programme for schools
Time for Inclusive Education Scotland are Scotland’s LGBT Inclusive Education charity. They work with schools across the country to embed LGBT themes (such as history, rights, and equalities) into ordinary teaching and learning. They offer:
- TIE Primary teacher-led resources
- TIE Secondary teacher-led resources
- CPD for teachers
- Workshops for pupils
Stonewall UK are a UK-wide LGBTQ+ charity. Stonewall UK provide a range of best practice, toolkits and resources. There are 13 pages of resources, here are just a few examples:
- An introduction to supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people
- Celebrating LGBTQ+ artists
- Pride Learning Packs
- Framing inclusion through rights
Trans Student Educational Resources: a youth-led organization based in the USA dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment. TSER infographics can be used to support teaching.
RSHP.scot, Scotland's resource for relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education for children and young people.
respectme, Scotland's anti-bullying service, provide information about prejudice-based bullying.
Scottish Book Trust have resources such as LGBTQ+ book lists.
Resources for artists and companies
Training and resources:
- LGBT Youth Scotland offer LGBT awareness training which supports individuals to explore LGBTI identities and better understand LGBTI experiences, feel more comfortable and confident with LGBTI terminology and ensure that your organisation is as inclusive as it can be.
- Scottish Trans provides training to employers and service providers on trans equality, rights and inclusion good practice.
- Gendered Intelligence offers a broad spectrum of practical services that enable organisations and individuals to increase their understandings of gender diversity, improve their practices and become more trans inclusive in their working lives / professional settings.
- Andro and Eve are an English organisation based in Sheffield. They organise queer performances for adults and offer gender awareness training for organisations.
- Don't Feed the Trolls: A Practical Guide to Dealing With Hate on Social Mediaâ€‹ by the Center for Countering Digital Hate is a report which draws on research to explore the psychology of trolling, why trolls behave the way they do, and the best way to deal with them.
- Mind: The mental health charity Mind also have a list of useful LGBTQ+ organisations who can provide support.
- Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline provides an information, support and referral service for LGBTQ+ people. They can provide support for personal and relationship issues, along with advice on issues at work and finding LGBTQ+ venues.
- The Skinny's Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Theatre in Scotland
- Exeunt Magazine article on queer-positive messaging in family theatre
- Academic article by Harper Keenan & Lil Miss Hot Mess: 'Drag pedagogy: The playful practice of queer imagination in early childhood'
- Academic article by Lindsay Amer: Towards a queer theatre for very young audiences in Scotland and the United States
- Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto)'s blog A Reflection On Queer Spaces And Community.