Updated: 9th March 2018
Scottish Councils have demonstrated strong support for LGBT History Month, held in February each year.
Pink Saltire have researched activity around the country and published a new table offering a local view of the work led by local authorities. It outlines a range of positive work happening in Scotland, with Perth & Kinross Council leading the 32 councils in terms of the activity held during February. The data covers events or activity held by the Council themselves, rather than outside organisations.
The Perthshire authority flew the flag from their Council HQ for the entire month of February, with daily social media posts, LGBT-themed lesson plans for many of the regions High Schools as well as training and awareness sessions from Stonewall for staff.
Responses to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request have been broken down across 5 key activity areas – Flying the rainbow flag; Activity for schools or youth clubs; Heritage or cultural events; Internal staff awareness activity, and; Social media posts/campaign.
Check the table below to see how your Council ranked. Responses have not been received from East Lothian, Edinburgh and Renfrewshire.
The Scottish Government paid LGBT Youth Scotland over £26,000 in the financial year 2016/17 to co-ordinate activity for LGBT History Month. This year the theme for February has been identifying your ‘Everyday Hero’ who is doing great work in the community to champion LGBT rights.
Public bodies in Scotland, including Scottish Councils, have a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010 to undertake activity which meets the ‘General Equality Duty’.
This means that public authorities must have due regard, in all their functions, to 3 main aims:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
Some of the social media highlights below show Councils raising the rainbow flag as a visible sign of support for LGBT History Month.