Lesbian and gay history trail for the county

Published: 3 Feb 2011 09:264 comments

A LESBIAN and gay 'history trail' is being developed in the county by East Lothian Museums Service.

The exact format of the trail has still to be decided but a spokeswoman for the local authority said: " In general terms, the museum service will be looking to identify individuals, events or places that have had a positive impact on the development of gay rights and equality within East Lothian."

Suggestions for points of historical and social interest related to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history in East Lothian can be sent to equalities@eastlothian.gov.uk

Meanwhile, East Lothian Diversity Network has arranged an event in Musselburgh next week to mark this year's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) History Month.

All are welcome to attend 'LGBT Futures', where visitors can hear from former British High Commissioner Simon Scadden who will share stories about his experience of being the first British diplomat to live overseas with his same-sex partner.

The event will also be a chance to hear about the LGBT Centre for Health and Well-being's new LGBT Age project. This is the only service specifically supporting older LGBT people across the Lothians.

The service includes an information service, a befriending service and a range of social opportunities. 'LGBT Futures' is also supported by LGBT Youth Scotland who will be at Thursday's (February 10) event.

Councillor Jacquie Bell, East Lothian Council's equality champion, said: "LGBT History month is an important way we can recognise the courage of LGBT people in fighting for their rights and for equal treatment. It's about celebrating their contribution to the community and importantly, it is an opportunity to challenge prejudice and discrimination that unfortunately can still exist today."

East Lothian Museums Service is also developing a LGBT history trail in the county in 2011. 'LGBT Futures' takes place at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 7-8.30pm. For more information, visit www.eastlo hian.gov.uk/lgbthistorymonth

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