Paterson Pledges To Fight For LGBTI Equality Ahead Of General Election

Steven Paterson

Stirling’s SNP candidate standing to be re-elected as Member of Parliament in the forthcoming snap-General Election, Steven Paterson, has pledged to fight to strengthen LGBTI equality.

Singing the Equality Network’s five-point Scottish LGBTI pledge for the Westminster election, Mr Paterson has committed to supporting:

  • The amendment of 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.

 

Commenting, Steven Paterson said:

“Scotland has much to celebrate in terms of the advancement of LGBTI rights in recent years and ILGA-Europe consistently places Scotland at the top of the league table in terms of protections for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.

“That said, there is a lot of work to be done to tackle issues still facing LGBTI people. 97% of LGBTI people in Scotland have faced personal prejudice because of their gender or sexuality – 79% have experienced it in the past year alone – and incidents of LGBTI hate crime continue to cause real pain to those who have been victims of it. That is why I am delighted to sign the LGBTI pledge from the Equality Network – coming down hard on discrimination and prejudice in all forms must be a priority of our modern society.

“The SNP Scottish Government introduced same-sex marriage in Scotland, but legislative power over equality largely remains at Westminster, however we have unfortunately seen successive Tory governments dragging their heels on this matter. I will certainly proactively support any move to offer as much protection as possible to LGBTI people if re-elected on June 8th.”

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