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Summary: Sexual Orientation and Local Government

Summary: Sexual Orientation and Local Government

The Scottish Government currently does not have information on the position of gay, lesbian and bisexual (LGB) people in local government.

A Public Appointment is an appointment to the board of any of the public bodies across Scotland - either as a member, or as the chair. The board's role is to provide leadership, direction and guidance, it is not involved in the day-to-day running of the public body.

  • In the public appointments rounds for 2016, 4.4% of applicants declared they were lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or other non-heterosexual (LGBO). 7.1% of appointments were identified as LGBO.

Source: Scottish Government's website for Public Appointments


Useful Links 

Sexual Orientation Page

Local Government Page

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

Stonewall Scotland - 'Your Services, your say' (2014) - This research by Stonewall Scotland explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgener people's experience of using public services in Scotland.

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA)

Improvement Service - The Improvement Service works with councils and their partners to help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland.

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE)

Scottish Public Bodies Appointment website



Local Government