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Scottish LGBTI Equality Pledge

The Equality Network has been working for LGBTI equality in Scotland for 20 years. In that time the landscape for LGBTI people in the UK has changed significantly. While many of those advances have been achieved in the Scottish Parliament, the Westminster Parliament too has played a valuable role to achieve the changes in law we need to further LGBTI equality.

With a General Election taking place in the UK on the 8th of June, we have an opportunity to ensure LGBTI equality and human rights are in the minds of our future Westminster MPs.

A number of key equality issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in Scotland are “reserved” – that is, controlled by Westminster, not by Holyrood. Scotland has 59 MPs at Westminster, and we are asking candidates for those 59 seats to support our five point Scottish LGBTI Equality Pledge and asking voters to contact their candidates urging them to support LGBTI equality.

Find out which candidates supported our pledge here. For a list of the elected candidates who have supported the the pledge visit here.

Our five-point Scottish LGBTI equality pledge for the Westminster election.

  1. Trans: Implement the recommendations of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee’s Transgender Inquiry, including the following reserved issues for Scotland:
  • In the Equality Act 2010, change the protected characteristic covering trans people to “gender identity”, to ensure that all trans people are protected from discrimination;
  • Allow non-binary trans people to record their gender as “X” on passports and all other UK-wide records and identity documents.

  1. Intersex: In consultation with intersex people and organisations, introduce effective protections for intersex people’s human rights, including the reserved issue of amending the Equality Act 2010 to protect intersex people from discrimination.

  1. Same-sex couples: Amend the Equality Act 2010 to stop pension companies from discriminating against same-sex spouses by paying them much smaller survivor’s pensions than mixed-sex spouses.

  1. Asylum and international: Ensure that people forced to flee persecution because they are LGBTI have access to asylum in the UK and are not held in arbitrary detention, and support LGBTI people in other countries to work for equality.

  1. Brexit: Ensure that the protections of the Equality Act 2010 and of the European Convention on Human Rights are fully maintained after Brexit.

We are also calling on all parties and candidates to take a no-tolerance approach to discrimination and harassment against LGBTI people during this election, and beyond.

Devolved issues

Many other key LGBTI equality issues are devolved to the Scottish Parliament. These include gender recognition for trans people, LGBTI-inclusive education, health, including mental health services, reproductive health services, gender identity services for trans people, and ending medical human rights abuses of intersex people, tackling hate crime, equal civil partnership, and others. See our Holyrood manifesto 2016 for more details.