Douglas Academy is committed to being the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex young people.  

With LGBTQ+ identities increasingly represented across society, young people are now more able to relate and identify with role models which in turn supports them in understanding and accepting their own gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

LGBT charter bronze

Douglas Academy is undertaking the LGBT Charter programme set by LGBT Youth Scotland. We are delighted to have achieved Bronze Chartership, with lots of support from our community.

Helpful Organisations and Support

Please find below a list of helpful organisations and supports for LGBT young people. Clicking on the name of the organisation will take you to their website.

LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Health and Wellbeing

LGBT Foundation




Young Minds

Sandyford Clinic

Mermaids UK

Scottish Government

Scottish Trans Alliance

Need to Talk

In school you can talk to your Guidance Teacher, Year Group Head or Ms Bengarra and Ms McTaggart who lead the school LGBT Group.

The LGBT Group runs on a Monday lunchtime in Room 10 and is safe space for any young people to come along and talk to their peers.

There are also a number of helplines available;

LGBT Youth provide an online chat service and telephone helpline – Phone 07984 356 512 (Monday to Friday)

LGBT Helpline – Phone 0300 123 2523 (open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 12 and 9pm)

Breathing Space provides a helpline for young people. All calls are answered by specialists in mental health, counselling and social work background – Phone 0800 83 85 87 (Monday – Thursday 6pm – 2am and Friday 6pm – Monday 6am).

LGBT Charter

LGBT identities and orientations are one of the nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act (2010). The image below sums up the basic rights of all young people, including those who identify as LGBT.

LGBT poster