Perth & Kinross Council have topped a list of Scotland’s 32 local authorities for activity during LGBT History Month 2019.
From 31 responses to a Freedom of Information request submitted by Pink Saltire, the Perthshire authority had carried out activity across 5 key areas:
- Flying the rainbow flag on Council buildings
- Organising activity in schools and/or youth groups
- Funding or directly organising cultural or heritage events
- Raising awareness internally with staff about LGBT History Month
- Promoting LGBT History Month activity on social media
All Councils have a legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure they have ‘due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people’. LGBT History Month is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a community and a history many people may not know much about.
Perth city centre councillor Peter Barrett, who leads the Council’s drive for equalities and inclusion, said:
“This is great news and we are delighted. It is always great to be top of the league. But what is really important is to continue making real strides towards Perth and Kinross being a fairer and more inclusive place where people of all genders and sexuality feel safe and welcome. The civic calendar in Perth benefits hugely from greater diversity, helping generate civic pride and cohesion – that really matters to me.”
“LGBT members of our community and their friends and families have done tremendous work to produce a packed program which delivers on that. I am really grateful to everyone who helped make such a success of LGBT History Month and thank Pink Saltire for their support and recognition of Perth’s efforts. Next year we’ll be going for the treble!”
Karen Reid, Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council also reacted to the news, she told us:
“Coming top in the Pink Saltire research for LGBT History Month for the second year in a row is definitely something to celebrate. I am proud of the colleagues across the Council who worked with partner organisations and community groups to pull together the programme of support for LGBT History Month which is reflected in these results.”
“Celebrating LGBT History Month is celebrating the contributions LGBT people and communities make to our area. It’s celebrating our colleagues, our families, our friends and neighbours. It’s signalling one of our core values, that Perth and Kinross is a place where we work together to ensure equality and fairness for all of our residents.”
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, widely seen as the moment that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement and which started countless Pride events around the World.
The theme for LGBT History Month in 2019 was ‘Catalyst – 50 years of activism’ and encouraged people to think about the activists of our LGBT history but also those working hard today to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland and beyond.
Over 125 events were organised across Scotland for LGBT History Month, up nearly a quarter on last year. In 2018, funding of over £26,000 was provided to LGBT Youth Scotland to coordinate activity for history month by The Scottish Government.
For the second year running, City of Edinburgh Council failed to respond to the FOI request within the legal timeframe (no response has been received yet). You can see all local authorities and the activity that happened in each area for 2019 in the table below: