Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender

 It Gets Better is an international movement which envisions a world where all LGBTQ+ youth are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals. We strive to tell the stories of LGBTQ+ people and to provide positive and reassuring messages to LGBTQ+ young people.

Stonewall’s school report

The School Report 2017 is Stonewall’s research with the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge into the experiences of over 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) pupils in Britain’s schools.

Stonewall’s School Report 2017 shows anti-LGBT bullying and language has decreased across Britain’s schools since 2012, and schools that have said homophobic bullying is wrong gay pupils are sixty per cent less likely to have been bullied.However almost half of all LGBT pupils still face bullying at school for being LGBT, and more than two in five trans young people have tried to take their own life.

 Speak up for LGBT rights and equality

Each commitment to speak up for LGBT rights and equality helps create a world where everyone, everywhere can be themselves. We can all play our part. Whatever you do and however you do it, it’s time to #ComeOutForLGBT. So far almost 20,000 people have signed the No Bystanders pledge – committing to never being a bystander to hateful language and abuse.

Stonewall’s Different Families Report

Children come from a variety of different backgrounds and may have gay siblings, uncles, god parents, parents or carers. Celebrating and acknowledging different families is crucial to make all children feel welcome and enable them to learn how to value those who are different or come from different backgrounds and families.  The Different Families Report found that when children with lesbian or gay family members realise that their family isn't ever mentioned in class and other children use the word ‘gay’ to mean 'rubbish', that they feel excluded and stop talking about their family.


Resources developed by stonewall to support schools to celebrate difference and challenge homophobia.


A range of books for primary aged children that can be used to talk about different families and to address homophobic bullying and language


LGBT Young People’s Groups across the Forth valley area -

 Find Local Youth Groups | LGBT Youth Scotland | LGBT Youth Scotland


Toolkits - The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Public Health England (PHE) have produced toolkits to help nurses understand mental health issues in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identify in young people.

 These are primarily for nurses who work with children and young people, whether in community or hospital settings, including:

  • school nurses
  • practice nurses
  • accident and emergency nurses

 These toolkits aim to:

  • develop skills and knowledge and recognise the wider context of mental health in relation to LGBTI sexual orientation and identity.
  • provide a general outline for health professionals looking to increase their skills and knowledge around suicide prevention strategies with LGBT young people

 Education Resources for schools from LGBTI Youth Scotland, including research, good practice guidelines and the Teachers Toolkit of lesson plans.


'What is Transgender?' booklet.

This was created by the former LGBT Learning Disability Project at LGBT Health and Wellbeing, with funding from the Scottish Government and support from the Equality Network. It is an easier-to-read resource.





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