Pink Saltire has today launched 3 original short films highlighting important LGBT+ issues.
The films, each produced and filmed in Scotland, are moving and personal examples of key challenges facing the community right across the country.
The charity has teamed up with the Scottish Transgender Alliance to produce “Scottish, Trans and Proud” – a 2-part film by trans activist and BBC The Social blogger Kate Adair, which explores the often difficult healthcare journey faced by many trans people. The film also looks in detail at the demands of the equal recognition campaign in Scotland to have trans men, trans women and non-binary people recognised and protected under the law.
Commenting on the release of the films, James Morton of the Scottish Transgender Alliance said,
“Its been brilliant to work with Pink Saltire and talented film-maker Kate Adair to create two powerful films exploring trans people’s experiences of healthcare and gender recognition in Scotland. These important films will greatly help our work to improve trans equality.”
Working with the Time for Inclusive Education Campaign and produced by BlueStar Streaming, the tragic effects of bullying in Scotland’s schools is documented in a new film. “Time for Inclusive Education?” challenges the viewer to face the reality of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying through the experiences of young people today. The deeply personal film also highlights some of the positive work happening in some schools to tackle the issues.
Life for LGBT+ people who live outside our diverse and multicultural cities can be challenging. Many LGBT+ people experience isolation and discrimination in rural communities. “Queer Kingdom” examines the experiences of people from Fife and looks at the work now underway to support people in their communities and to create safe spaces to be confident and valued. Produced by award-winning filmmaker, Stuart Edwards, the film is a moving and poignant reflection of life which is replicated in many rural areas in Scotland.
All three titles were recently shown at a number of private screenings across the country, including at The Scottish Parliament, hosted by Jenny Gilruth MSP and at Westminster, hosted by Angela Crawley MP.
Commenting on the launch of the films, Angela Crawley MP said,
“It was a privilege to host Pink Saltire’s film screenings in Parliament. Each film showed deeply human experiences of the LGBT+ community in Scotland – including some of the positive and negative effects they face each day. By teaming up with some very talented filmmakers, Pink Saltire have allowed these stories to be told, which will go along way in shaping the understanding of what a fairer Scotland truly means for LGBT people across the country now and in the future.”
The project has been funded by Awards for All, part of the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland and by the Shell UK Community Awards, administered by Foundation Scotland.