The first annual conference of RISE, passed three major pioneering policy motions on LGBTI+ rights and education.
RISE, Scotland’s new Left Alliance cross party platform, passed on Saturday the first two unanimously and the third with an overwhelming majority.
The first motion, put forward by Stuart Cooper, RISE, in support of the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, calls for compulsory LGBTI+ inclusive education and teacher training which is lacking in Scottish schools.
The second motion, put forward by Jordan Daly of TIE, calls for the immediate revocation of the ban on man who have sex with men from donating blood. The motion policy called this ban discriminatory and unnecessary as all blood donations are screened for HIV.
The third motion, in support for trans and intersex rights, put forward by Liam Stevenson (TIE/RISE) and Lewis Corrie of the Radical Communist Network, calls for the self-determination and bodily autonomy of such individuals. Including legal recognition for people who do not identify as men or women.
Backing the Scottish Transgender Alliance’s Equal Recognition Campaign. Remove the psychiatric diagnosis requirement from legal gender recognition and its age restriction. The policy motion was voted in by an overwhelming majority.
Speaking with KaleidoScot, Liam Stevenson, prospective RISE Central Scotland candidate, said: “It’s very encouraging that RISE have passed at conference what are some of the most progressive motions in relation to LGBTI+ issues that Scotland has ever seen. By doing so RISE have given clear indication to the LGBTI+ community that these issues are current, must be addressed – and that we are the people to address them. With the passing of these motions, RISE is now the most forward thinking and LGBTI+ inclusive voice on the ballot paper.”
Following the conference, Cat Boyd, prospective Glasgow RISE candidate, commented to KaleidoScot: “On Saturday, RISE members voted for a policy platform designed to fight alienation. It’s not just economic alienation that’s causing isolation and loneliness, but homophobia, racism and sexism. Our policies seek a collective solution to these problems, so that ordinary people can come together to transform our lives both economically and politically.”