Kirkcaldy LGBT group enjoys success with short film online

A short film created by a Kirkcaldy-based group calling on people to stand up and speak out about homophobia is proving popular online.

The film has been created by Fife lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth group, Flavours of Fife.

Those involved in the crowdfunding project pictured at the Shh! campaign launch.

Those involved in the crowdfunding project pictured at the Shh! campaign launch.

Having attracted over 42,000 hits on YouTube and with mostly positive comments, the film could be used as part of an education programme in Scottish schools.

However, this depends on the success of LGBT Youth Scotland’s first foray into crowdfunding.

To fund its latest campaign, Shh! - Silence Helps Homophobia, the charity is attempting to raise £7500 via fundraising website Indiegogo.

And if the campaign, which closes on October 11 - Coming Out Day, is successful the charity plans to roll out the education programme which aims to highlight the importance of naming homophobia and giving a clear message that it is never acceptable.

The local young people scripted the film, got funding and developed it with support from the Fife Cultural Partnerships Fund.

The film takes the viewer through a young person’s experience of homophobia at school, asking ‘what could be done differently?’ and calling on people to stand up and speak out.

The seven-minute long clip has already won an Institute of Internal Communications award and was nominated for an Event and Visual Communication Association Award and Scottish Creative Award.

Fergus McMillan, LGBT Youth Scotland chief executive, said: “Homophobia often goes unchallenged, as people are unsure or afraid to name it.

“As a result, many people either choose to ignore a homophobic incident altogether or deal with the situation without mentioning the real issue - homophobia.

“With your support we hope to raise more than £7500 to enable the delivery of our work with schools as safe and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in order that they can become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.”

Through the crowd funding initiative a number of incentives are on offer to anyone that pledges money. Visit www.indiegogo.com/at/shh