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Compare the manifestos – Promoting equality

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 relating to the promotion of equality include promoting equality in employment and across public services generally, providing leadership against prejudiced attitudes, promoting openly LGBTI role models in public life, and encouraging equality in sport and the media.

What our manifesto says on these issues

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 equality promotion. 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.


We want a Scotland that reflects the needs and interests of everyone that lives here, regardless of where they were born, their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. (page 7)

RISE is a feminist organisation. We support at least 50 per cent representation of women in public life and encourage representation of all genders including trans, non-binary and intersex. (page 13)

Scottish Greens

Too many people are marginalised in the labour market including unpaid carers, disabled people, women, LGBTI+ people and those from minority ethnic groups. Green MSPs will support calls for a Gender Equality in Business scheme to incentivise gender-sensitive employment practices, and public procurement laws that allow decisions to be based on sustainability, equality, community benefit and local supply, not just the short-term cost. Greens will also back a non-permanent commission to tackle gender and racial occupational segregation in the labour market and lay out the case for the devolution of equalities legislation. (page 6)

Green MSPs will push for a new [support for employment] scheme delivered on a non-profit basis, contracted locally to the public and third sectors, which recognises the value of voluntary work and makes a genuine investment in participants’ skills. Such a scheme would address barriers to accessing work on account of age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. (page 6)

Tackling inequality in society, in terms of income and wealth, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion, benefits all of us. (page 32)

Our Green MSPs will champion … full equality before the law for LGBTI+ communities (page 32).

We will prioritise the goal of equality and work with those whose chances in life are reduced because of class, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, to develop our plans for an equal Scotland (page 33).

LGBTI+ duty. We support comprehensive action to tackle discrimination and inequality in employment and public services. We will push for enforcement of the existing legal duty to deliver effective services directly to the LGBTI+ community (page 33).

Green MSPs support the expansion of Scotland’s sports clubs through support for volunteering, accessible facilities and funding to enable more women, LGBTI+ people, minority ethnic communities and disabled people to participate (page 43).

Further action should also be taken to address discrimination and inequality affecting LGBTI+ people in sport in the light of on-going discrimination including homophobia and transphobia in sporting communities (page 43).

Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour is proud of the action it has taken to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality. From repealing the homophobic section 2A to increasing the sentencing for homophobic hate crimes and creating civil partnerships, which paved the way for equal marriage, Labour led the way. (page 37)

While inequality still exists we must do more to promote LGBTI individuals in public life. (page 37)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scotland needs the benefit of the diverse talents of everyone to increase productivity. That means there should be opportunity for everyone whatever their background, rich or poor, and regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, disability or other aspects of what we look like or where we come from (page 4).

Scottish National Party

Tolerance, respect, inclusion – these are attitudes and principles we want to encourage and foster in modern, fairer Scotland. Enabling young people to make informed choices about their gender and sexual identity is about supporting them to be themselves so that they might fulfil their potential. (page 21 of detail section)

We will also continue to work with sports’ governing bodies to support efforts to end LGBTI discrimination in sport. (page 6 of detail section)

Women’s Equality Party

Our policies aim to recognise and address the fact that many women experience additional inequalities due to the intersections of class, poverty, ethnicity, sexuality, immigration status, gender identity and mental health needs. (page 5)

All parental rights should apply equally to same-sex parents (page 8).

In the long term, build a system of truly shared parental leave, aiming at a UK-wide non-transferable paternity leave guaranteeing both parents (including same-sex couples and adoptive parents) six weeks away from work on 90 per cent of pay, with an additional 10 months of leave on statutory pay. (page 9)

Push the Government to ensure women, including BME women, disabled women and LGBT+ women, are represented in all decision-making and that 50 per cent of ministerial posts are held by women (page 13).

Hold a Parliamentary Inquiry into media representation of women, making recommendations for changes in legislation and whether to establish an independent Scottish monitoring body to push through changes. The inquiry will include: research and analysis of current content and airtime given to men and women; addressing under-representation, sexual objectification and stereotyping and the different impact on BME women, disabled women and LGBT+ women; and expert evidence on the impact of inequality in the media (page 15).


What the manifestos say on other issues