Not the “only gay in the village”

DUMFRIES and Galloway Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre is launching a new project targeting its community and their families in rural parts Wigtownshire.

The initiaive aims to make the lives of isolated LGBT better by giving them the chance to meet others in their local area, as well as by improving attitudes towards LGBT people within rural communities.

The year-long project begins with a wide ranging publicity campaign, which portrays lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, adults, older people and families in an effort to make the LGBT community more visible across Dumfries and Galloway.

The campaign is also a call to action for LGBT people and non-LGBT people alike to get involved in the project with the tag-lines “Life Gets Better Together” and “Lift Gender Barriers Together” which play on the letters L, G, B and T.

Grace Cardozo, Service Manager at the Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Centre, said: “We are delighted to have been given this award which will finally allow us to properly extend our reach beyond Dumfries.

“There are a great many isolated individuals within rural areas of Dumfries and Galloway who literally feel that they are “the only gay in the village”. This project and our forthcoming campaign will hopefully make them realise that they are not alone.”

A series of events for community members, and professionals from Annandale and Eskdale and rural Wigtownshire will begin in September, alongside a community consultation and a new rural volunteering programme – full details can be found by visiting www.lgbtcentredg.co.uk or by calling Julie-Ann Karayilan on 01387 255058.