Ashley Smith-Hammond

This episode of the Culture Republic Podcast looks at how Scottish arts and cultural organisations can engage positively with LGBTQ+ people. In this episode we speak with Harry Giles, Steven Thomson and Neil Simpson.

The start of our new season of podcasts begins by focussing on how organisations can reach out and engage more positively with LGBTQ+ people.

We are joined by guests from across the arts, culture and research spectrum who have built strong relationships with LGBTQ+ audiences:

Our interviewees give us their views on topics ranging from Scotland’s history of LGBTQ+, including laws and policies, uncertainty around language and identification, discrimination and marginalisation within arts and culture but also a wider social context, and the changes that are happening or need to happen around representation and acceptance.

If you are looking for practical information you can use to reach out to the LGBTQ+ community there’s a resource for that. Our LGBTQ+ Population Profile, which you can download for free. It features case studies, facts about LBGTQ+ people in the population, insights and links for further reading. Get involved with others working with LGBTQ+ communities in Scotland using the links below.


Anatomy Cabaret, a regular performance cabaret that brings different sorts of artforms and different sorts of artists together for events to surprise, shock and delight.

Equality Network, a national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland

LGBT Health and Wellbeing, a community initiative that promotes the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.

LGBT support at RCS, resources and programmes designed for LGBTQ+ students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

LGBT Youth Scotland, helps support and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ artwork throughout Scotland.

Our Story Scotland, an organisation that collects and archives the stories and memoirs of LGBTQ+ people.

Outspoken Arts Scotland, Scotland’s only LGBT multi-arts festival.

Scottish Trans Alliance, the Equality Network project to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.


Thanks to our interviewees for taking the time to contribute their valuable opinions to this discussion. You can find out more about our guest’s projects and upcoming work through their channels below:

Theme music by Drew Hammond of Mesura Music. He’s on Twitter @DrYouHammond.

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  • Research by Neil Simpson, Culture Republic Researcher
  • Audio production by Jack Perry, Culture Republic Marketing Assistant
  • Writing and presenting by Ashley Smith Hammond, Culture Republic Content Producer

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