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The UK's LGBT+ Culture & Enterprise Hub:
Living and working authentically

WHY DO WE NEED A PLACE FOR US?

PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION

  

Homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and hate crimes are still major issues across Scotland – and the rest of the UK.


 The Scottish LGBT Equality Report, published by the Equality Network in 2015, showed that 97% of LGBT people in Scotland have personally faced prejudice or discrimination, 24% of LGBT people in rural parts of Scotland said that their local area is a ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ place for LGBT people to live and 43% of LGBT people in Scotland have moved, or considered moving, to live in a different area or out of the country altogether because of the discrimination that they have faced, and in order to live somewhere more accepting of LGBT people. 


These results are based on 1052 respondents from across Scotland


(via Inclusive Networks, 2018) 

BEING LGBT+ IN SCOTLAND

   

Stonewall Scotland’s School Report Scotland (2017), which surveyed more than 400 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people aged 11-19 living in Scotland, found that 48% of LGBT young people and 71% of transgender young people have experienced bullying because of who they are




The Hate Crime in Scotland Report (2016/17) found that sexual orientation aggravated crime is the second most common type of hate crime in Scotland with 1,075 sexual orientation charges reported in 2016-17, an increase of 5% on the prior year. Racial crime is the most common hate crime with 3,349 charges reported

BEING LGBT+ IN BUSINESS IN SCOTLAND

   

One in six LGBT staff in Scotland have experienced negative comments or conduct from colleagues in the last year


Two in five trans employees have experienced negative comments or conduct from customers or clients


A third of bi people aren’t out to anyone at work


(via Stonewall Scotland, 2018) 

AND IN THE UK OVERALL

Nearly two in five LGBT+ people in a 2017 survey by the TUC  have been harassed or discriminated against by a colleague, a quarter by a manager and around one in seven by a client or patient. 


Only half of all the respondents reported being ‘out’ to everyone at work. This falls to just over a third of young people. Over a quarter of bisexual people are out to no one. 


Almost half of trans people surveyed have experienced bullying or harassment at work compared to just over a third of non-trans respondents. 



What will somewhere do?

Our mission

is to provide an inspiring, celebratory and transformational platform for LGBT+ people and their communities to:

  • be themselves and reach their potential  
  • collaborate and thrive
  • innovate new ideas and ways of working and connecting 
  • enjoy an environment founded on respect and mutual benefit
  • champion each other and be championed
  • empower themselves and their communities

Somewhere will increase visibility in LGBT+ business and cultural spaces, enabling LGBT+ people to live and work authentically


Somewhere will champion "Out Entrepreneurship", empowering authentic role models in enterprise 


Somewhere will celebrate and curate LGBT+ people's cultural identity