LGBT Youth Scotland Launches Life in Scotland 2017 Survey

Date: 24th January 2017
Category: Non-discrimination

LGBT Youth Scotland is currently carrying out their Life in Scotland 2017 survey with young people, aged 13-25 who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and live in Scotland.

Having listened to what young people said in the last Life in Scotland survey, LGBT Youth Scotland are now launching their Life in Scotland survey 2017. The 2017 survey will be used to see what changes have occurred since the last survey and what effect these emerging issues have had on LGBT young people.

LGBT Youth Scotland want to hear from as many LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) young people, between the ages of 13-25 as possible. This will help them gain a full and accurate picture of LGBT young people's experiences and to listen to gain a full understanding of the ways that LBGT young people's lives have changed in the last few years.

They want to know more about young people's experiences of community, safety and health, education, and 'coming out' to help us continue to influence decision makers and to continue to keep LGBT young people's issues on the political agenda.

The 2012 Life in Scotland Survey helped LGBT Youth Scotland to produce reports which were used to influence politicians and policy makers to make decisions which improved the lives of LGBT young people in Scotland, including in these areas:

- Education - young people shared their experiences of the way that LGBT issues are treated in education, showing that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are still issues for many young people within education.

- Safety - the report focused on young people's awareness of rights under hate crime legislation, confidence in the police and criminal justice system and their feelings of safety in the community.

- Community - young people told us that being accepted in the community improved their confidence.

- Health - the reports showed to what extent LGBT young people are affected by both physical and mental health problems.