SCOTLAND, United Kingdom — For the second year in a row, Scotland has been rated the best country in the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights.
Scotland continues to be ahead of the rest of the UK, all other European countries, and the rest of the world in the legal protections offered to LGBTI people, according to an annual review of LGBTI equality and human rights laws and government policies.
Angela Crawley MP, spokesperson for Women, Children and Equalities, said: “The fact that Scotland continues to be rated the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality is welcome recognition for the progress we are making to ensure Scotland is a fair and equal country for everyone.”
“The SNP is committed to equality and social justice for all. We were proud to pass Scotland’s progressive equal marriage and hate crime laws, but we know that the job of achieving full equality is not yet done. “That’s why the SNP has pledged to reform gender recognition law to secure greater equality for transgender and non-binary people. She added.
The SNP has revealed some of the Scottish Government’s plans for the next year:
We will require all new guidance and promoted teachers – and eventually all teachers – to undertake training on equality, so they are confident in tackling prejudice-based bullying.
We will work with the General Teaching Council for Scotland to ensure that schools address the important issues that LGBTI young people face, and that teachers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to take inclusive approaches in their schools.
By summer 2017 we will consult on reforming the Gender Recognition Act to ensure our gender recognition law is in line with international best practice.
The Scottish Government is working with Stonewall Scotland to support NHS Health Boards in tackling LGBTI discrimination.
We will establish an Equality in Sport and Physical Activity Forum to encourage the removal of barriers to participation in sport, including those for women and the LGBTI community.
Sport Scotland will ensure that funding for all sports includes conditions on taking action to tackle LGBTI discrimination. We have already provided £38,000 to LEAP Sports Scotland this year to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports.
We will continue work to reduce the stigma of HIV, raise awareness of the condition and reduce its transmission.
- We will support new research on reducing transmission of HIV, including through PrEP. A separate working group will also look at the clinical utility of PrEP in Scotland.
While Scotland remains best country in the world for LGBTI equality, meeting 90.4% in the ILGA index, , the UK as a whole has fallen behind Malta (88 per cent) and Belgium (82 per cent).