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There are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in every part of Scotland from our biggest cities to our smallest settlements and islands. While LGBTI equality has progressed considerably in recent years the lived experience of LGBTI communities in urban settings is vastly different to that of LGBTI communities in more rural and island settings.

Our Scottish LGBT Equality Report highlighted that the experiences of LGBT people vary considerably across the country. Those living in rural parts of Scotland report a significantly worse experience than those living in urban areas, including more prejudice, greater isolation, and less access to local services that meet their needs.

  • Almost a quarter of LGBT respondents living in rural areas (24%) described their local area as a ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ place for LGBT people to live, compared to 12% of those living in urban areas.
  • Almost half of LGBT respondents living in rural areas (47%) said they feel isolated where they live because they are LGBT, compared to almost a quarter (23%) of those living in urban areas.
  • A majority of LGBT respondents living in rural areas (55%) said that services in their local area do not meet the specific needs of LGBT people, compared to a third (30%) of those living in urban areas.
  • Six out of ten LGBT respondents living in rural areas (59%) regularly travel outside of their local area to access LGBT services, compared to just over a third (35%) of those living in urban areas.
  • Four out of ten LGBT respondents (43%) have either moved, or considered moving, to live in a different area because of being LGBT.

That’s why we’re holding our biggest conversation yet, and we want you to take part. Why not join us and share your experiences of LGBTI life outside our biggest cities.

Where we’ll be

We plan to visit 50 locations across Scotland, from Shetland in the North to Stranraer in the South. We’re holding LGBTI information street stalls, events and coffee meetings all over Scotland.

LGBTI Information Street Stalls: We’ll be pitching our Gazebo on high Sstreets and town centres in over 30 locations. Providing information on LGBTI issues, chatting to local people about equality and carrying information from partner organisations like LGBT Health, Stonewall Scotland, LEAP Sports and LGBT Youth Scotland.

Further Out Events: We want to bring LGBTI people together to discuss what life is like for them in their communities and what can be done to bridge the LGBTI equality gap with urban Scotland. We’re planning 15 events in community centres, libraries and theatres.

Coffee Meetings: We want as many people as possible to get involved, but we know that for some very rural and island communities sometimes there aren’t the numbers to have events so that’s why we’re happy to meet up for a coffee and a chat to discuss your experiences.

Rural Survey: In 2015 we published the Scottish LGBT Equality Report, it highlighted an LGBTI rural / urban divide that’s why we’ll launch a survey on Monday 27th September to better capture the experiences of LGBTI Scots outside our urban centres.

We’re working to get permission from local authorities to hold street stalls, and will post more detailed information about where we’re going to be as soon as we get it. Here is what we know so far:

Town Date Event Type Location Register
Kirkcaldy Mon 27th Mar Street Stall High Street  
Glenrothes Mon 27th March Event Rothes Halls Register here
Perth Tues 28th March Street Stall High Street  
Perth Tues 28th March Event A K Bell Library Register here
Arbroath Wed 29th March Street Stall Applegate  
Montrose Wed 29th March Street Stall Townhouse, High St  
Arbroath Wed 29th March Event Webster Theatre Register here
Stonehaven Thurs 30th March Street Stall Market Square  
Lerwick Sat 1st April Street Stall Harrison Square  
Lerwick Sat 1st April Event Shetland Museum Register here
Peterhead Mon 3rd April Street Stall Drummers Corner  
Peterhead Mon 3rd April Event Palace Hotel Register here
Elgin Tues 4th April Street Stall High Street  
Elgin Tues 4th April Event Elgin Youth Cafe Register here
Aviemore Wed 5th April Street Stall Grampian Road  
Portree, Skye Thurs 6th April Street Stall Somerled Square  
Portree, Skye Thurs 6th April Event SLCVO Register here
North Uist/Benbecula Fri 7th April Coffee Meeting Contact Us Contact Us
Stornoway Sat 8th April Street Stall An Lanntair  
Stornoway Sat 8th April Event An Lanntair Register here
Ullapool Mon 10th April Street Stall Harbour  
Durness Tues 11th April Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Stromness Wed 12th April Street Stall TBC  
Kirkwall Thurs 13th April Street Stall TBC  
Kirkwall Thurs 13th April Event St Magnus Centre Register here
Thurso Fri 14th April Street Stall Rotterdam/High St  
Wick Fri 14th April Streetstall High Street  
Thurso Fri 14th April Event Caithness Horizons Register here
Inverness Sat 15th April Street Stall High Street  
Fort William Mon 17th April Street Stall High Street  
South Uist Tues 18th April Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Barra Wed 19th April  Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Tiree Thurs 20th April Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Coll Thurs 20th April Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Tobermory, Mull Sat 22nd April Street Stall Main Street  
Oban Mon 24th April Street Stall George St/Stafford St  
Oban Mon 24th April Event Atlantis Leisure Register here
Colonsay Tues 25th April Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Bowmore, Islay Wed 26th April Coffee Meeting   Contact Us
Campbeltown Thurs 27th April Event Town Hall Register here
Arran 28th -30th April Pride Camp  Kildonan Click here for info
Irvine Mon 1st May Street Stall Bridgegate  
Kilmarnock Mon 1st May Street Stall The Cross  
Kilmarnock Mon 1st May Event Break The Silence Register here
Ayr Tues 2nd May Street Stall Kyle Street  
Cumnock Tues 2nd May Street Stall Townhead Street  
Girvan Wed 3rd May Street Stall Dalrymple Street  
Stranraer Wed 3rd May Street Stall George Street  
Dumfries Thurs 4th May Street Stall High Street  
Jedburgh Fri 5th May AM Street Stall Market St/High St  
Eyemouth Fri 5th May PM Street Stall Chapel St/Market place  
Selkirk Sat 6th May AM Street Stall Market Place/Ettrick Terrace  
Galasheils Sat 6th May Event Mac Arts Register here

If you live on Scotland’s Islands and would be interested in meeting us please email Scott [at] equality-network.org