Sunday , 8 December 2019

Joe FitzPatrick: Independence an opportunity for a fairer Scotland

Joe FitzPatrick
Joe FitzPatrick

In an exclusive video-interview, Scottish government minister, Joe FitzPatrick, talks about the prospects for Scotland’s independence and being one of its high profiled out gay men.

FitzPatrick said: “I think the great … progress that Scotland has made, when I was appointed a minister, my sexuality was pretty irrelevant… That’s the kind of progress I hope we are going to continue to make.

“But I do think its very very important that people in positions like myself, do come out, in order to give confidence to other young LGBTI people, so they can realise that these barriers that maybe used to be there are being swept away by society.”

He added that from an LGBTI perspective he thinks “one of the biggest opportunities is the idea that we will have a written constitution… and I certainly expect the LGBTI community to be part of that process.”

FitzPatrick was also questioned about anti-gay billionaire Brian Souter who donated to the SNP, replying: “as we move our journey forward we have to try and take people who have different views with us.”

He stressed that “the referendum is a huge opportunity for everyone, including the LGBTI community and I hope we all can grasp it with both hands and move forwards to build a better and fairer Scotland.”

Watch the video here:

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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