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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19079: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase funding for support for LGBTI+ young people in rural areas who face abuse.

Answered by: Christina McKelvie 11 October 2018

Under the Equality Budget, the Scottish Government provides funding of £300,000 to LGBT Youth Scotland to provide a programme of work that aims to reduce the discrimination experienced by LGBTI young people and the wider community; to build the capacity of public bodies to meet their needs; to engage directly with communities and provide opportunities for LGBTI young people to engage in civic Scotland.

This work includes LGBT Youth Scotland’s on-line support service; which supports isolated young people who are often not able to or ready to attend direct services. This is particularly beneficial for young people in rural and remote areas where there can be limited LGBTI youth groups. For the period of July 2017- June 2018 youth workers engaged with 556 young people through online chat and 3 child protection interventions were initiated. More information regarding digital support can be found at: https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/groups-and-support/digital-support .

The organisation also works in partnership with local authorities such as Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide direct services for young people, engage with professionals and to promote LGBT History Month in Scotland.