A Glasgow filmmaker has made a short film showing the experiences of young people in the city and why safe spaces are so important to them.

Steven Mclaren worked with young people at the Castlemilk Youth Complex as part of a project led by Pink Saltire, with the result being a short film featuring stories about why the youth group is a vital community space.

Will Watters, Chair of Pink Saltire said:

“The young people at Castlemilk Youth Complex were a real joy to work with and this extra film, as part of our ‘Through The Lens’ project, offers a glimpse into their world and why coming along each week really matters to them.”

“The leaders and volunteers are all so welcoming and really look out for the young people – it’s great to see.  I think it also shows why investment in youth work and in youth spaces is so vital to giving young LGBT people the very best support possible, in order that they can lead happy, healthy lives as their authentic selves.”

The film was funded through the YoungStart programme from the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland and is part of a 3-year youth-focussed project from Pink Saltire, working in different areas across Scotland.

The aim of the project is to introduce young people to filmmaking and to offer them the skills and practical experience to produce their own content about issues which are important to them.

Steven, who grew up in Fife and is also a professional photographer, told us:

“This was a really great project to work on, hearing about and seeing the value the youth complex has as a queer space was inspiring for me. I sadly never had this luxury as a young person and I wanted to create a piece of work which celebrates these young people in a safe queer space.”

Year 2 of the ‘Through The Lens’ project starts in January with the charity working in three locations around Scotland.  If you’d like to know more, email


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