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Minutes of Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Ltd., 15 May 1996 - 17 May 2006

Identifier: GD61/1/1/6

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Series:

This sub-series contains minutes from meetings of the Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, including predecessor bodies the Edinburgh Befriending Committee, and Edinburgh Gay Switchboard. These records encompass the creation of the helpline and befriending service in 1974 through to 1997. There is one set of minutes relating to an Open Forum Meeting in 2006.

Each predecessor body is listed under a separate file and descriptions are then provided at item level within.

These minutes record discussions and decisions that formed what the service was, how it was organised, and how it was able to operate through voluntary membership and external funding.


  • Creation: 15 May 1996 - 17 May 2006

Conditions Governing Access

Whilst most of this material is open to public access, some documents may be confidential under data protection legislation and access information is provided at item level. This file contains information relating to service users and members, including addresses and contact information. Personal data and reasons for contacting LGLS is also provided and it is important to note that this information was provided with the understanding that this was a confidential service and privacy must be protected.

Items disclosing personal or sensitive information relating to adults (18 years and over) will be closed for 75, and for minors (under 18 years) records will be closed for 100 years.

Public access to these records is governed by UK data protection legislation and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records conveying sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

LHSA encourages the use of these records for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes, and records that are designated as closed can be consulted by legitimate researchers if certain conditions are met. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on 0131 650 3392 or email us at


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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

Centre for Research Collections
Edinburgh University Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44 (0)131 650 3392