Our work in communities around Scotland aims to increase the representation of LGBT people locally and to offer the support and advice necessary for locals to bring about the change we all want to see – more diverse, safer and inclusive towns, cities and regions.
The Scottish Parliament
We are members of The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on LGBTI issues, established in 2016. The group, chaired by a selection of cross-party MSPs, meet on a quarterly basis and discuss issues with significant political or topical interest. Recent thematic presentations include LGBT homelessness, gender recognition reforms and rural equality.
Regional Forum Groups
We are represented on a number of regional LGBT Forum groups around the country, including the Fife LGBT+ Network, Glasgow LGBT Voluntary Sector Network, Forth Valley LGBT Development Group, Perth & Kinross LGBT Network and the Dundee LGBT Network.
These groups provide a really positive opportunity for local agencies, including local councils, the Police, NHS, other third sector partners and local LGBT organisations to come together to discuss local challenges and share ideas.
Fife – ConneXons LGBT Group
Our social group for LGBT adults launched in 2018 and meets weekly on Tuesday evenings in Cowdenbeath. We’re very aware of the challenges many LGBT people face living in rural and suburban areas of Scotland and ConneXons is our solution to help reduce isolation and to bring people together.
The group was funded through donations in its first year, then bolstered with additional funds in 2019 from The Robertson Foundation and Fife Council’s Cowdenbeath Area Committee to extend the programme for the group members.
Scottish Pride Organisers Network
Since 2018 we have chaired an informal network of Pride organisers around Scotland.
The network has grown from around 6 members to over 25 in 2020. It’s a great chance to share the wisdom and experience of Pride organisers such as Edinburgh and Glasgow with those who are just starting out. Organisers share resources to help keep costs down, provide guidance on trends and event management challenges and help each other with volunteers.
Pink Saltire have produced an annual Pride Report since 2018 which captures the fantastic work of Pride organisers and outlines how we can respond collectively to some of the challenges in maintaining free and safe events for the public.
We have also led the strategic work to improve the information available to tourists coming to Scotland who would like to enjoy a local community Pride event, through work with the Tourism Unit at The Scottish Government and Visit Scotland.