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LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group

LGBT 'Hearts and Minds' Agenda Group

In June 2006, the Scottish Executive set up the Hearts and Minds Agenda Group to consider ways of tackling negative and discriminatory attitudes towards LGBT people. The group, which is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit, is made up of representatives from the three national LGBT organisations (Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland) as well as other LGBT community organisations.

The group considered specific recommendations for the Government and other organisations which aim to challenge homophobic and transphobic prejudice and change negative attitudes towards LGBT people in five key areas: Education and Family; Citizenship and Social Capital; Religion and Belief; Media and Leadership and Workplace and Public Services. The group developed the recommendations into a report called "Challenging Prejudice: Changing Attitudes towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Scotland".

Scottish Government Response to "Challenging Prejudice" Report

The Scottish Government Response to "Challenging Prejudice: Changing Attitudes Towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Scotland" was published in November 2008. Alternative formats of both reports are available on request. Please contact the Equality Unit if required: equality.unit@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

LGBT Equality Work - 2008 Onwards

Following publication of the "Challenging Prejudice" reports, the Scottish Government has supported work through the national LGBT organisations on a number of themes in line with the Hearts and Minds Agenda. These include community capacity building, work with public services to develop good practice for LGBT inclusion, and to increase the visibility of LGBT communities. The culmination of all this work will be a resource which is anticipated will be published in early 2011. This resource will pull all the materials produced and information gathered together into one place for use by anyone. This resource will be of particular use to public bodies who will have legal obligations with regards sexual orientation and gender identity/reassignment under the Equality Act 2010.