In an exclusive interview with KaleidoScot, Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, outlines his vision for Scottish LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) rights and policies, and comes out in favour of an independent Scotland.
Tatchell acknowledges that “Scotland is ahead of the game” in terms of hate crime legislation and marriage equality.
He said Scottish LGBTI people are more likely to vote for Independence “because they see England as holding back progressive policies in Scotland,” and that if he were Scottish he would vote “YES.
Tatchell told KaleidoScot that an Independent Scotland could become a world leaders of LGBTI rights: “In terms of international relations an independent Scottish government could be a progressive beacon for LGBTI Human rights around the world,” and providing support to LGBTI campaign groups around the world.
He urged Scottish lawmakers to introduce policies that would see equality and diversity lessons in schools. Such policies, he speculated, would prevent prejudice and bigotry, it can make a positive impact towards cohesive and more compassionate society.
Tatchell also called for mandatory LGBTI quality sex and relationship education in schools, including explicit advice on LGBTI sex to protect youth from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. He stressed that LGBTI youth can be educated to feel good about themselves, and have feelings of guilt and shame lifted so that depression and being the pain of being ostracised would not haunt them.
“If we can educated future generations to be understand and accepting of LGBTI people, if we can create and ethos of inclusion of LGBTI people, then, our future, as LGBTI people in Scotland,” he said.
Tatchell also feels that Scotland should develop a comprehensive policy approach that will ensure a fair system and give a safe haven to LGBTI refugees who suffer persecution and oppression in their home country.
Watch the full interview here: