Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has been awarded the LGBT Charter Foundation Award, which recognises the organisation’s commitment to becoming an LGBT+ inclusive organisation.

The LGBT Charter Mark Programme is run by LGBT Youth Scotland, and follows analysis of its policy and practices. As part of the project to achieve the charter mark, HES delivered training and workshops to staff across the organisation.

HES said it will continue to build on the lessons learned during the process “to further develop an inclusive organisation for staff and all visitors that come to Scotland’s most popular attractions, like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, and more.”

Anila Mirza, Equality Manager at HES, said the organisation was “excited to have achieved this Charter Mark”, adding “this is only part of our journey to achieving our Equality Outcomes and further developing an inclusive organisation, both for our visitors and our colleagues.”

“This award is not just about achieving equality for one group, it is about improving equality and inclusion for everyone regardless of gender, age, socioeconomic status, religion, race, ethnicity, or other identities.”

Dr Mhairi Crawford, Chief Executive at LGBT Youth Scotland said of HES: ”Their dedication to inclusion was clearly visible with excellent practice and campaigns taking an intersectional approach to platforming underrepresented communities and highlighting some of Scotland’s LGBTQ+ heritage.”

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