A vote for the SNP on June 8th is a vote for strong SNP voices that will act as champions for LGBTI equality and progressive causes, to make Scotland a fairer and more equal country for all. You can download our LGBTI General Election manifesto in full here.
Here’s how the SNP will continue to stand up for LGBTI equality at Westminster.
Devolve equality law
SNP MPs will continue to demand the full devolution of equality law so that the Scottish Parliament has the powers to protect and extend LGBTI equality.
While equality law remains reserved to Westminster SNP MPs will push the UK government to reform the law, and extend the protected characteristics, so that all LGBTI people are fully protected from discrimination and harassment, including multiple discrimination.
Same-sex pension rights
SNP MPs will also seek reforms to equality law to stop pension companies from discriminating against same-sex spouses by paying them much smaller survivor’s pensions than mixed-sex spouses.
The SNP Scottish Government is already committed to reviewing and reforming gender recognition laws, in line with international best practice, so that all transgender and non-binary people are able to access their human right to legal gender recognition.
SNP MPs will also press the UK government to match the Scottish Government’s commitment to legislation within this parliament.
In addition to reforming gender recognition law, SNP MPs will push the UK government to allow non-binary people to record their gender as “X” on passports and all other
UK-wide records and identity documents.
SNP MPs will press for intersex people and organisations to be fully consulted on changes to the law and policy to introduce effective protections for intersex people’s human rights.
Scotland is the first of the UK nations to approve the provision of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by the NHS to prevent HIV. We will support efforts to have PrEP made available on the NHS in the rest of the UK too.
At Westminster the SNP successfully pressured the UK government to pass a ‘Turing Bill’, which pardoned deceased gay and bisexual men convicted for same-sex sexual activity that is now lawful. SNP MPs will press the UK government to go further, and match the Scottish Government’s commitment to extend an automatic pardon to gay and bisexual men who are still alive today and have such records.
Protecting human rights
SNP MPs will oppose any attempt by the UK government to roll-back equality and human rights, including attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act, withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), or water-down the Equality Act.
SNP MPs will press for reforms to ensure that people forced to flee persecution because they are LGBTI have access to asylum in the UK, are not held in arbitrary detention, and are treated in a fair manner with dignity and respect.
The advancement of LGBTI equality and human rights should be an integral part of UK foreign policy. SNP MPs will support the establishment of a special envoy to promote the rights of LGBTI people, and to work across government to help alleviate the discrimination and persecution faced by LGBTI people in Chechnya and around the world.