All five party leaders sign up to the Scottish LGBTI Equality Pledge

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00

Scottish LGBTI equality charity the Equality Network has welcomed the commitment of all five main party leaders to the LGBTI Equality Election Pledge. The Pledge calls for five actions on issues that are reserved to the UK Parliament, to deliver equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Scotland.

The Scottish leaders of the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP have all signed up to the pledge. Photographs of each party leader with their signed pledge can be found here: www.equality-network.org/party-leaders-sign-lgbti-equality-pledge

Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network, said, “We welcome that all of the main party leaders have signed up to the LGBTI Equality Pledge. There is a broad consensus in Scottish politics now that LGBTI people should be welcomed as full and equal citizens here.”

 

Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said, “I'm proud to support LGBTI equality. Scotland has made great progress in advancing the rights of all groups, but there's still more we can do to tackle intolerance and improve the lives of LGBTI people. ​

“That's why this campaign is so important and why I'm giving the Equality Network my backing."
 

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie said, “It was campaigning for the scrapping of section 28 that motivated me to get involved in the Scottish Green Party, and I’ve always been proud that the Greens have been ahead of the curve on equality. ​

“We are happy to support the five-point pledge to ensure Westminster equality law fully protects all LGBTI people in Scotland, and that we offer a safe haven to asylum seekers fleeing persecution because they are LGBTI.”

 

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said, “Labour has a proud record of championing the fight for LGBTI equality. But we know there is still a long way to go, and Labour is committed to full equality. ​

“This will include updating the Equality Act so that it protects all LGBTI people, and ensuring that Brexit does not undermine equality and human rights protections.”

 

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said, “The Scottish Liberal Democrats fully support the LGBTI Equality Pledge. We will champion tolerance and openness and take an active role in tackling discrimination. That is why, for example, we will ensure equality law protects all trans people and provide a non-binary gender option on passports and other official documents.

“The EU has also done a great deal to advance rights so we will also fight to ensure hard-fought protections are not diluted or destroyed."

 

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said, “Now more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices championing equality and standing up for Scotland at Westminster.

"The SNP is committed to securing full equality for LGBTI people, and we have a proud record - under the SNP Scotland has become one of the best countries in the world for LGBTI equality and human rights.

"In government, we have delivered Scotland's progressive equal marriage and hate crime laws, we have given record funding to LGBTI equality groups, and we have driven forward equality in our public services.

"At Westminster, SNP MPs have pressed the UK government to stop dragging its heels and make world-leading reforms - from transgender equality, to equal pension rights for same-sex couples, to the Turing Law.

"We know that there is still more to do, and I am proud that the SNP was the first party to sign the Scottish LGBTI Equality Pledge, and to publish our own LGBTI Equality Manifesto for this election - making clear our commitment to progress.”

 

The LGBTI Equality Pledge covers the following five points, actionable by the UK Government:

  • Amend equality law to cover all trans people, and recognise non-binary people on UK Government records including passports
  • Consult with intersex people to introduce effective equality protection
  • End discrimination in pension payments for same-sex couples
  • Provide asylum when LGBTI people need it, and support LGBTI equality work in other countries
  • Ensure Brexit doesn’t reduce equality and human rights protections

There is more detail available on these five points here: www.equality-network.org/lgbtipledge


 

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