A new research project aims to investigate the migration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people from Scotland.

Stonewall Scotland said the LGBT brain drain is a serious issue, including the flight from rural areas to cities such as Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The gay rights group is recruiting volunteers to take part in focus groups and talk about why they moved.

The focus groups will take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in November, and results will be published in March 2009.

Calum Irving, director, Stonewall Scotland, said:

“Sometimes leaving home is the only option for young lesbian and gay people.

“We need to find out more about why young LGB and T people still feel the need to leave remoter parts of the country, often never to return.”

To find out more or take part in the research, email migration@stonewallscotland.org.uk