Discrimination »

… some sports). The Employment Equalities (Sexual Orientation) Regulations Act of 2003 protects lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and heterosexuals from Discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Advice and further information

Commission for Equality & Human Rights – 0141 248 5833 or www.equalityhumanrights.com

Citizens’ Advice Scotland – www.cas.org.uk

Scottish Law Centres – www.govanlc.com/salc.htm

Parents »

… Enquiry Scotland is a voluntary organisation offering helplines run by a group of parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children ( LGBT ).  They provide help, information and support for parents and families of lgbt children.

Lothian:          Anne 0131 556 6047

Strathclyde    Pat 0141 427 3897

Lines are open 9.00am to 10.00pm or you can e-mail:- parentsenquiry@hotmail.com

www.parentsenquiryscotland.org

Further Information

NHS Health …

Trans »

… and Wellbeing have launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.  The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 9.00 p.m., please call: 0300 123 2523.  You can also visit their website: www.lgbthealth.org.uk

Homophobia »

… feelings.

Unfortunately anger, abuse and violence in various forms are still directed at lesbian, gay and bisexual people, transgender people can experience ‘transphobia’.  This is known as homophobic crime.

Some police forces are more advanced in their recognition and treatment of homophobic crime.

Police Scotland have set up a reporting scheme where homophobic crime can be reported. Officers are trained to acknowledge homophobic incidents such as  verbal abuse, …

Being Heterosexual »

… The important thing to remember is that you have choices, perhaps more than people who are gay, lesbian and bisexual, even so, you can face pressure from society to conform to the heterosexual norm.

You might not want to. It is important to work out what is right for you.

Being Gay or Lesbian »

People who are gay or lesbian are attracted to people the same sex as themselves

Gay men are attracted to other men

Lesbians or ‘gay women’  are attracted to other women

Society seems to expect people to be heterosexual despite the fact that statistically 5-10 people in 100 will be gay, lesbian or bisexual. That means there are possibly half a million gay, lesbian and bisexual people living …

Being Bisexual »

… and Wellbeing have launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.  The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 9.00 p.m., please call: 0300 123 2523.  You can also visit their website: www.lgbthealth.org.uk

Being Aware of Your Sexuality »

There are lots of people who don’t think of themselves as being gay, lesbian or bisexual, who are sometimes attracted to people of the same sex , or perhaps just one person of the same sex.

Whatever you choose to call yourself all these feelings are normal and healthy. It’s worth mentioning that these feelings sometimes change at different times in your life. Some people don’t realise they are gay, lesbian or bisexual until they are much older. …