Monday , 20 January 2020

Patrick Harvie urges LGBTI Scots to vote Yes

Patrick Harvie
Patrick Harvie

In an exclusive video-interview, out bisexual Patrick Harvie MSP has urged Scotland’s LGBTI community to vote for independence in the 18 September referendum as well as take part in KaleidoScot’s poll.

Harvie, who is the co-convener of the Scottish Green party, said that “there are real opportunities from YES vote for Scotland to lead the way” in terms of LGBTI rights.

While the Scottish parliament, he stated, has always voted consistently for LGBTI rights, but independence will offer the chance for Scotland’s gay communities to take issues further in terms of legislation and policies not just on some of the “already devolved issues, such as hate crimes, adoption, better LGBTI content in the educational curriculum, but on some reserved issues where the UK hasn’t made progress: immigration and asylum, progressive voice on world stage, equality in education, employment.”

A more fairer and equal society in the future can “only be achieved with a YES vote,” he insisted.

Harvie urged LGBTI Scots to keep being engaged in politics so that politicians will know “that our communities are vocal and expect our equality and human rights to be high on the political agenda whether in an independent Scotland or within the confines of devolution.”

See the full interview here:

 Click here to vote in KaleidoScot’s poll

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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