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OurStory Scotland

... recording the stories of the LGBT community in Scotland

Archiving Heritage Oral History Storytelling Drama Exhibitions Research

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See details of
our online storytelling:
Queer Distance

We develop a variety of themes for our storytelling.
Our latest themes include Coming In and Love Out of Bounds.

Coming In:
>> see details

Love Out of Bounds

Love Out of Bounds
is an exciting storytelling project that has been supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
>> see details

Our Patron
Jackie Kay

Our Patron Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay
Scottish poet,
playwright & novelist

Our First Patron
Edwin Morgan

Our First Patron Edwin Morgan

Edwin Morgan
Scots Makar and Glasgow's Poet Laureate

Registered Scottish Charity: SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation)

Welcome to OurStory Scotland

OurStory Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity (SCIO). We collect, archive and present the life stories and experiences of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) community in Scotland. This involves oral history work with all ages, including the older generation, whose stories reveal the tremendous changes that have occurred in the situation of LGBT people during their lifetime. In addition to collecting stories, images, artefacts and research materials from LGBT lives, we present our heritage through the arts, in exhibitions, storytelling and drama.

OurStory Scotland dates back to the beginning of the 21st century - read about our origins in the Story of OurStory Scotland, and see some of our past achievements in our chronology. Our news includes several awards, including grants from Communities Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland.

We hope you will contribute to our activities and help to ensure that our stories are kept alive. Do take part, tell your story and encourage others to participate, so that untold tales are told. Just contact us and we'll let you know the various ways you can participate.

Stories OnlineNick two birth certificates

You can now tell us online about your life.
This is the focus of our latest project: Queer Distance

Queer Distance

>> click here for online storytelling

Through a sample of online excerpts, you can get a flavour of the oral history we have undertaken, as everyone has tales to tell:

>> click here for tales to tell

Open to All

In accordance with our belief in a diverse Scotland, OurStory Scotland is open to all supporters of our aims, regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, culture and community. We are dedicated to social inclusion and the celebration of diversity.

Diversity is intrinsic to Love Out of Bounds, an innovative project that brings together a wide range of participants, including people from minority ethnic groups, irrespective of gender and sexuality. Participants may be LGBT, straight, curious, queer or undefined. Love Out of Bounds encourages people to tell their stories of love ignored or rejected by their family, community or culture. We are finding common ground between straight and LGBT people, and people from majority and minority ethnic communities.

Being represented on these webpages does not imply any particular sexual orientation. Views expressed by contributors to OurStory Scotland do not necessarily reflect the views of OurStory Scotland.


We gratefully acknowledge support from:

Creative Scotland

Supported by the National Lottery
 through Creative Scotland

Communities Scotland   Awards for All Scotland Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funded
University of Stirling    Glasgow LGBT Centre
Museum of Scotland   National Library of Scotland
34SP   The Mitchell Glasgow City Council

seXshunned at The Arches


Our sell-out show at The Arches

View photos of the performance

OurStory Scotland logo

LGBT lantern

Gender lantern