The Equality Network’s remit is to work for LGBTI equality. We are party politically neutral, and we do not support any particular political party.
Key LGBTI equality issues in health and social care include:
- Improving NHS Gender Identity services
- Action to provide LGBTI-appropriate mental health care
- Protecting intersex people’s rights
- Promoting LGBTI parenthood
- Ensuring welcoming care provision for older LGBTI people
Below is what the party manifestos say in these areas. We have only included quotes that relate directly and explicitly to LGBTI equality – of course there is more in the manifestos on other aspects of health an social care. We also fully understand that people do not make decisions on who to vote for based just on what each party says about LGBTI equality! You can access the parties’ full manifestos from this page.
There are few more important acts of altruism than giving blood yet the system in Scotland remains beset by out-dated discrimination. RISE will demand that men who have sex with men, and their sexual partners, are no longer banned from becoming blood donors. (page 14)
We will fight for more resources and professional training to meet the needs of people facing financial deprivation, LGBTI+ people, disabled people, young people and other groups that often suffer poor mental health (page 25).
Narrowing LGBTI+ health inequalities. Scotland’s LGBTI+ population face health inequalities. We will push for access to appropriate health care for trans people, including specialist treatment and advice as part of transitioning and we will push for access to treatment within 18 weeks, in line with NHS standards for other services. Green MSPs will call for a ban on unjustified medical interventions that seek to forcibly alter a person’s sexual characteristics or to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTI+ people. This would include medically unnecessary surgery on intersex minors and so-called ‘conversion therapy’. We support a review of blood donation restrictions and support exploring the extension of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to young people of all genders (page 25).
We are committed to delivering public services which support and engage with LGBTI communities, staffed by professionals who are responsive to the health needs of LGBTI people. (page 37)
We recognise that there is compelling evidence regarding the effectiveness of PrEP. A Labour Scottish Government will establish a review into prescribing PrEP as a priority. (page 37)
Scottish Liberal Democrats
We will support access to pre-exposure PrEP treatment for those most vulnerable to HIV transmission (page 13).
Condemn any form of ‘gay cure’ therapy in Scotland and consider any further steps that could be taken to make the practice unavailable in Scotland (page 21).
End the blood donation ban for gay men, replacing it with risk-based criteria for all potential donors (page 21).
Scottish National Party
There is no room for complacency on communicable diseases such as HIV. As well as implementing the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework, we will support research in the prevention of transmission including considering the availability of PrEP. (page 5 of detail section)
And we will build on and improve the standalone protocol that’s been developed in Scotland for people seeking gender reassignment, which has provided a clearer and consistent treatment pathway that is equitable, effective, and patient-focussed. (page 22 of detail section)
Women’s Equality Party
Require all hospitals to adopt existing ‘best practice’ as a matter of routine, permitting new fathers and same-sex partners to be with their partner and newborn child on labour and post-natal wards, if the mother chooses (page 9).
Ensure that NHS Scotland works with local health boards and local authority partners so that all types of families, including LGBT+, single parents and kinship carers, are able to access a comprehensive range of pre- and post-birth classes (page 9).