At Visible Fictions we believe that Creativity thrives best under open, judgement-free and curious conditions. And we believe that so do people, which is why recently, the VF team enrolled in a fantastic training programme provided by LGBT Youth Scotland. We have begun our journey towards our #LGBTYouth Bronze charter so that we can ensure that Visible Fictions provides an environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive and that our team has the knowledge and understanding to shape a great experience for all individuals.

First on the schedule was an online LGBT Awareness Training Course, which the team took part in individually and we all received a certificates upon completion of the programme.

Thereafter followed a fantastic training session which was held at the VF headquarters at the end of last year. We met with spokespersons from LGBT Youth Scotland over Zoom, and under their guidance we took part in some fun group activities that really made us reflect on how we as an organisation can do more in our efforts to better welcome and endorse the LGBTQi+ community. We are really looking forward to continue working with LGBT Youth Scotland over the next few months!

Enrolling in the Bronze Charter was however not the first step Visible Fictions has taken to promote an inclusive workspace. We have previous pledged to develop new policies & protocol to help us better support the creatives we work with as well as young audiences and their schools, nurseries and families. A few examples of actions we have been working on:⁠ ⁠

🏳️‍🌈We introduce ourselves to creatives and audiences using our own pronouns⁠.

👩‍👩‍👧‍👦We address families without assuming that every family has 1 mum and 1 dad⁠.

🚻We let creatives know what to expect from buildings we work in with changing and bathroom access⁠.

📸On our social media platforms, we are doing our very best to stop using gender and male and female pronouns in any image captions, descriptions and metadata. We instead use the nouns ‘a person’ and ‘a group of people’, as well as the pronouns ‘they, them’.

⁠As an arts organisation, we’d love to know what else you would like to see added to our actions? Please leave a comment anytime on our social media platforms or email us at