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Summary: Sexual Orientation and Local Government

Summary: Sexual Orientation and Local Government

The Scottish Government currently does not have information on the position of gay, lesbian and bisexual (LGB) people in local government.


  • In the public appointments rounds for 2016, 4.4% of applicants declared they were lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or other non-heterosexual (LGBO). 7.1% of appointments were identified as LGBO.

Source: Public Appointments in Scotland 2016: Diversity Analysis Report (Last updated: March 2017)

Note: A Public Appointment is an appointment to the board of any of the public bodies across Scotland - either as a member, or as the chair. The board's role is to provide leadership, direction and guidance, it is not involved in the day-to-day running of the public body.


Useful Links 

Sexual Orientation Page

Local Government Page


Publications and Outputs

Public Appointments in Scotland 2016: Diversity Analysis Report (March 2017) A report providing an equality breakdown of public appointments, by disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to sexual orientation and transgender people

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Scotland's Councillors 2017-22 (Improvement Service, 2017) his report presents the findings of a survey of all councillors in Scotland following the May 2017 local elections. It includes age, ethnicity, gender and religion of councillors in Scotland

Inequality among lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender groups in the UK: A review of evidence (Government Equalities Office, July 2016) A review of evidence to identify the inequality and disadvantage experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

Your Services, Your Say: LGBT People's Experiences of Public Services in Scotland (Stonewall Scotland, 2014) A survey of more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Scotland about their experiences and expectations of accessing key public services.

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

External Research Organisations

Improvement Service - The Improvement Service works with councils and their partners to help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland. It produces a small number of research publications each year, which have covered poverty and neighbourhood inequalities

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association - Develops and delivers a programme of activities which promote the further development and understanding of local government R&I in Scotland

Stonewall Scotland - LGBT research and publications.



Local Government