BEMIS, the Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland, recently carried out a research to address a very delicate issue in relation to race equality and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, who for a long time have been disadvantaged and excluded from having an active citizenship role and where they are valued and respected equally. The research maps out the services in Scotland and in England and the finding shows that there is no specific EM/LGBT culturally sensitive service for the ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and refugee communities in Scotland and people has to seek advice and information from London and other places. This research will help to provide democratic education to the civic society in Scotland and also to the policy and decision makers of such services. We believe in democracy for all and this research will be used as a tool to inform democratic education amongst NGO’s and other sectors in Scotland through various capacity building initiatives.
The report can be downloaded here.
Tanveer Parnez, BEMIS (Scotland, UK)