The Scottish Government continues to fund the development and delivery of LGBT History Month in Scotland in order to support local events and the further development of local community capacity.
We have been impressed by the growing success of LGBT history month in Scotland. This has gone from strength to strength, and this year involved over 200 events across the length and breadth of Scotland. We are convinced of the value of this work in increasing the visibility and participation of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people across Scottish daily and public life. We are also committed to celebrating their contribution to our past, present and future.
In February 2008, the Minister for Communities and Sport hosted a reception at Edinburgh Castle to celebrate LGBT history month and said: " LGBT History Month gives us the opportunity to commemorate the contribution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the life, culture and identity of Scotland, and to acknowledge the involvement of LGBT people in all areas of society. It is a time to reflect on how far we have come in recognising the rights of LGBT people, and to uncover the stories and histories of those who have been marginalised, stigmatised and victimised. "
We will fund a post through LGBT Youth Scotland until March 2011 to support the development and delivery of LGBT History Month in Scotland. The ongoing development of LGBT history month will be closely linked with a range of other projects in the LGBT sector - particularly the new community and sector capacity building programme which will be delivered through LGBT Youth Scotland and the Equality Network over the same period. Together, these projects will help to raise the profile of local LGBT communities, increase their capacity to participate in their local areas, and help develop plans for local sustainability over the longer term.
Not for the Scottish Government.
LGBT organisations, both local and national, and in particular the National Community Capacity Building Project, work closely together, with mainstream agencies, and in partnership with the various partners involved in LGBT History Month, IDAHO, Glasgay! and Pride to develop activity around a year-round LGBT cultural calendar.