Scottish Greens: LGBT History month must lead to progress
The Scottish Greens will work to tackle bigotry and barriers faced by LGBT people.
Marking LGBT History Month, Scottish Greens MSP Gillian Mackay hailed progress on these issues at First Minister’s Questions.
This will include commitments made in the co-operation deal which brought Greens into government, including banning so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and reducing waiting times for trans healthcare.
Gillian Mackay said: “LGBT History Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s diversity and reflect on historic injustice and persecution.
“Let’s be clear. Scotland is an inclusive nation and our commitment to human rights must not waver. That’s why it’s so shocking for many that bigotry and damaging practices like conversion therapy still happen in this country. This week it was revealed that crimes against LGBT people have accounted for more than a third of all hate crimes reported to transport police in the nine months to January this year.
“The Scottish Greens stand with the LGBT community and condemn these acts of hate crime. In government, we will do what we can to tackle anti-LGBT discrimination in Scotland.”