Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender


The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBTI people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBTI community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

Two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying.  However, where schools have said homophobic bullying is wrong gay pupils are sixty per cent less likely to have been bullied.

Stonewall's campaign against homophobic bullying - Schools should be secure and happy environments where all young people can focus their education but homophobic bullying is endemic in Britain's schools and affects young people's attendance and attainment.

Stonewall’s No Bystanders campaign

Each and every one of us, individuals and organisations have a responsibility to make Britain a country where every child growing up feels able to be themselves. No Bystanders is Stonewall's campaign to tackle bullying and abuse. This short film  shows how to take a stand against bullying and abuse. 

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. Stonewall's 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. Resources for primary and secondary schools.

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

Local LGBT groups across Forth Valley area

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?’ - a booklet to support people with learning disabilities who are exploring their gender. LGBT Health and Wellbeing, as part of the LGBT Learning Disability project, brought together a team of practitioners to create this unique resource. Contributors included staff from NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Forth Valley, and the Equality Network.
Prominent Transgender people
Leaflet that explains Gender Identity, written by young people with first hand experience.

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