The aims of the Forum are to preserve and protect the mental and physical health and social welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Highlands & Islands. We also aim to promote fair and equal treatment for LGBT people by challenging the stigma and discrimination experienced by them at both community and personal level. There are two main strands to our work.


  • Addressing the problems of social and geographical isolation faced by LGBT people in the Highlands through the organisation of social events and outdoor activities.

We do this by publicising events organised by groups such as Swans, LGBT Moray, etc.

  • Acting as a source of information where people can learn about available health & wellbeing services and other LGBT groups.

We do this via email, website, social media, newsletter and information stands at events, and can signpost people to other agencies.

Image of Committee Members: Rosemary chair@proud-ness.org, Acting Secretaries Kay, Tim, secretary@proud-ness.org, Treasurer: Alan, treasurer@proud-ness.org, Members: Paul, Sand, Tony, committee@proud-ness.org


  • Providing a link between LGBT people and other agencies involved in working in LGBT issues and initiatives related to equality & diversity
  • Responding to consultations and surveys – with a view to being the voice of the LGBT community and helping inform policymakers of community needs, good practice, etc.
  • Raising awareness of LGBT issues

We do this by networking events, and attending the meetings of other organisations such as Police Scotland, Waverley Care, conferences by Highland Council, NHS Highland and other LGBT organisations. In addition, the very existence and active presence of the Forum as a charity in the Highlands can have an impact in its own right.


Committee members are also charity trustees.
Committee meetings are usually held once a month at the Spectrum Centre in Inverness. All members are welcome. If you would like to join us, please get in touch.
The Forum is an independent, self-governing organisation, and is a registered charity.


In April 2008, the Highland LGBT Forum was awarded charitable status by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The Highland LGBT Forum is a charity registered in Scotland No. SC039528.

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