Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, has responded to homophobic tweets targeting her by saying hate is unacceptable and hurts young LGBTI people, reported PinkNews.
The tweets called her “big fat dirty lesbo”, a “dyke” and other homophobic slurs, for speaking out for The Better Together campaign, which advocates Scotland remaining within the UK, during a televised debate yesterday.
Although the tweets have now been deleted PinkNews has managed to screen grab them.
Speaking to PinkNews, Ms Davidson condemned the comments, saying: “I fully support the No Bystanders campaign that Stonewall has been running to stop people using homophobic language.
“Quite often, I will retweet homophobic comments made about me in order to call them out.”
“While I am not overly affected by it, I think it is important that young LGBT people know that they don’t have to just accept the kind of hate words which are thrown about online and which are unacceptable,” she added.
The public debate regarding Scottish independence is also touching LGBTI issues as it leads up to a referendum on 18 September.
KaleidoScot has launched its own LGBTI poll regarding Scottish independence and readers can vote in the link below until the 13 September.