Young LGBT+ people from Glasgow are challenging gender norms in a new short film, produced by themselves!

The group from Castlemilk Youth Complex have been working with Pink Saltire and local filmmakers and have just released their first film “Do I Look Straight to You?”.

The film was produced as part of a 3-year project called ‘Through The Lens’ which has been funded by the YoungStart programme from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland.


Young people worked with local filmmaker and photographer Steven Mclaren and leading film and documentary producer Trevor Thomson of BlueStar Streaming, learning new skills in everything from lighting and sound to interviewing techniques.

Chris Tait, who runs the LGBT+ Allsorts group at Castlemilk Youth Complex, told us:

“The video project has been an amazing opportunity for the young people at Castlemilk Allsorts. The opportunity to work with queer artists and filmmakers has equipped them with the skills to have their voice heard. It’s been a privilege to see the group grow in confidence and work together. Youth work changes lives.”

Stuart Duffy, of Pink Saltire said:

“We’re really proud to bring this project to Glasgow, offering young people the chance to learn new skills, meet industry professionals and to help inspire them into further training and careers in the media.”

“This film is entirely their own work – they built the concept, planned the look and feel of the film and then produced the interviews themselves, even choosing the music and edits they wanted to use.”

Screenshot 2019-11-15 at 16.25.38“Projects like this are really important in tackling poor mental health and isolation amongst young LGBT+ people, who are more at risk of suicide and self harm than their peers.”

“What this film also highlights is that everyone is accepted at Castlemilk Youth Complex and it’s a great testament to the staff and volunteers that they’ve created an environment where young people feel so confident. We think they’re all ace!”

The young people have also produced another short film talking about the importance of safe spaces and why it’s important for youth work provision to take account of the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, due for release in early December.

Elsewhere, the ‘Through the Lens’ project has already seen a short video produced by young people in Fife, with a third due in the new year.  By 2021, young people will have produced 9 separate short films exploring issues important to them and learning transferrable skills in team work and media production along the way.

You can view the film here and see other productions on our YouTube channel.

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