Equality & Human Rights

What actions are the SNP taking to ensure there is no discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation?

We believe that there is no place in Scotland for prejudice or discrimination, and that everyone deserves to be treated fairly, regardless of their sexual orientation. Scotland has passed historic same-sex marriage legislation, demonstrating to the world how importantly Scotland views equality.

The SNP Scottish Government introduced historic same-sex marriage legislation, when it was passed by the Scottish Parliament it was recognised by many as being amongst the most progressive in the world.

We funded Pride House at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which celebrated the participation of LGBTI people in sport and showcased the progress made on LGBTI equality in Scotland. And through the Scottish LGBTI Sports Charter, we are ensuring that all sports funding includes conditions on specific actions to tackle LGBTI discrimination.

In government the SNP will also bring forward a Scottish ‘Turing Law’ to pardon automatically gay and bisexual men convicted for same-sex sexual activity under homophobic laws which are no longer on the statute book.

To tackle homophobic bullying in schools, we expect all new guidance and promoted teachers – and eventually all teachers – to undertake training on equality, so they are confident in tackling prejudice-based bullying.

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