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About Us

Ladies-Fit-cropThe Equality Network works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland. We strive to be inclusive and open in our work, to challenge discrimination and to consult, involve and inform the individuals and the communities for which we work.

The Equality Network was founded back in 1997 as a national organisation working for LGBT rights and equality in Scotland. We are a registered charity governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Partnership is a key part of our approach, and much of what we do involves working in partnership with diverse LGBT people, other LGBT organisations, and with organisations working in the wider equality and human rights field.

An outline of some of the things we’ve accomplished since 1997 is available on our History page.

Advice and Support

We provide a range of advice and information for organisations, including public sector, voluntary sector and private sector bodies, and for LGBT organisations and people seeking to establish LGBT organisations.

For individual advice or support about personal issues relating to sexual orientation or gender identity, we recommend contacting the LGBT Helpline Scotland, or for young people, LGBT Youth Scotland. The Your Rights section of our website also has information that may be useful.

A Fair Scotland For LGBT People

Embracing diversity is a central part of what it means to be a modern, innovative and democratic nation that is at ease with itself. We therefore strongly believe that LGBT equality and rights are good not just for LGBT people but for the whole of Scotland: a Scotland that is healthier, wealthier, safer, fairer, easier, greener and smarter. Scotland can be none of these things if a significant proportion of its population continue to face discrimination and exclusion within their professional, personal, cultural and social lives.

We do not believe that LGBT rights are in any way special rights; rather we campaign for the rights guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights to be truly accessible to LGBT people. We believe that the discrimination and inequalities LGBT people can experience, and are at risk from, are contrary to universal principles of social justice and fairness and that such discrimination also has harmful and serious consequences for individuals, communities and society as a whole.

Our work is directly and continually informed by consultation and engagement with Scottish LGBT communities themselves. We do this on an issue by issue basis. We also regularly carry out large scale consultations to identify LGBT people’s major priorities which form the manifesto for our overall work.

Our Strategic Approach

In order to bring about our vision of an inclusive Scotland which celebrates diversity and where all LGBT people are treated fairly we take a balanced approach, working at national, community, individual and cultural levels.

At a national level we seek to ensure the best possible approach to LGBT equality from the Scottish Government and other national bodies by being an authoritative provider of information, advice and consultancy on LGBT equality and rights in legislation, policy and strategy.

At a community level we seek to engage and empower LGBT communities to promote our equality and rights through community engagement and developing the capacity and skills of LGBT groups and organisations.

At an individual level we seek to ensure that LGBT people are informed about and are empowered to access their rights.

At a cultural level we promote social values and attitudes which are supportive of LGBT rights, equality and inclusion.

All our work reflects the diversity of LGBT communities and identities. We do however recognise that more work is needed to reflect the experience and aspirations of transgender communities in Scotland and for this reason we specifically promote transgender rights through the work of the Scottish Transgender Alliance.