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Project to bridge generational gap in LGBTQ+ community comes to Highland Pride

By Jess Fulton

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Members of LGBT Youth Scotland
Members of LGBT Youth Scotland

A historic new project is calling on young people from the LGBTQ+ community to share their life experiences for a first of its kind project.

The campaign, (Un)Seen (Unheard), is a pioneering social history project to capture young people’s lived experience and preserve it in the national archives comes to Highland Pride, in Inverness, this Saturday.

LGBT Youth Scotland, working in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, will be hosting Past, Present and Proud workshops across the country which aim to encourage people from a range of different generations to share messages of hope to their younger or older selves.

Ali Kerr, head of partnerships at LGBT Youth Scotland, said: “It has never been more important to give LGBTQ+ young people hope and a sense of pride in who they are. Writing a message to their past or future self will allow them to communicate their lived experiences on a national level and feel like an equal part of Scotland’s heritage.

“Bridging the past and present through stories will not only place LGBTQ+ experiences at the heart of local communities, but it will also help us all make Scotland a place where all young people can flourish and thrive.

“Our hope is that this project will not only connect with a new audience but will also inspire not-so-young people to get involved and foster intergenerational relationships within Scotland’s LGBTQ+ community.”

If you are interested in submitting your story to the (Un)seen, (Un)heard archive or would like to know more about the project, email unseenunheard@lgbtyouth.org.uk

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