In our last of exclusive pre-referendum video-interviews, we speak with out Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Central, Marco Biagi.
He talks about his journey, coming out in the West of Scotland and making it eventually to Holyrood, enabling himself not only to live freely as a gay man but also help the LGBTI community of Scotland.
Biagi is one of the youngest constituency MSP ever in Holyrood, he told us that on the day he was elected that the very first event he attended was Pride Scotia: “I was up there on a bus, MSP or not, in front of great crowd of gay people, and it didn’t really sink in… That was my first [official] appointment.”
He coming out “had difficult impact” on his family, and he would have done it differently as he told them during a phone call from university after a few drinks.
Growing up he said that it was difficult for him to find out role models he could identify with which made it hard initially for him to accept himself.
Biagi stated he never had a negative comment in parliament about his sexuality and thinks coming out can help people who are or were in position.
Biagi believes in a plural society, rather than a secular one, that respects diversity in general, including of different faiths.
He then talks about his role in the parliamentary equal opportunities committee and its work, including equal marriage and anti-discrimination measures.
For Biagi “you don’t have to just march, but you can be there taking those decision, representing your causes and your belief …, it’s a feeling of achievement … which should be open to everyone.”
The young MSP further encouraged LGBTI people to for a fairer and more equal independent Scotland.
Watch the full interview here: