Friday , 27 May 2022

Scottish government flies rainbow flag in support of LGBTI rights

Rainbow Flag over St. Andrew's House
Rainbow Flag over St. Andrew’s House

The Scottish government is flying the rainbow flag during the Commonwealth Games in support of LGBTI rights in participating countries and throughout the world.

The flag flying above St. Andrew’s House, on the southern flank of Calton Hill, Edinburgh, is the headquarters building of the Scottish Government and is visible throughout the capital city.

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, committed to flying the flag, in a response to a question by a member of the international media in Glasgow covering the Commonwealth Games.

In his response on Tuesday, he said Scotland demonstrates its commitment to LGBTI rights through its words and actions.

He said: “We set an example by what we do.  As you probably know, our Sports Minister opened Pride House in Glasgow that will have its message of equality and non-discrimination displayed, not just at its centre but also throughout the 70 events that are taking place as part of that initiative in Glasgow over the course of the Games.

“Also over St Andrew’s House, we are flying the Rainbow flag, sometimes called the Pride flag internationally, during the course of the Games to demonstrate our commitment and to provide an example in terms of what we believe in. I think this is the best way to state our commitment, by what we do and how we act and what we display and what we advocate.”

Speaking with KaleidoScot, veteran LGBTI rights and Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell  commended the Scottish Government, saying: “By making this positive, bold support for LGBTI rights and by flying the rainbow flag, Alex Salmond and the Scottish government are commendable and pioneering.

“As far as I am aware no other leader of any host government has ever made such a progressive explicit commitment to LGBTI rights and backed it up with such concrete action.”

Earlier this week human rights activists from around the Commonwealth have called for action on homophobia in the Commonwealth, while Peter Tatchell has directly called upon the First Minister to condemn it.

Yesterday out actor and musician John Barrowman embraced a male dancer, giving him a kiss during the Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in order to highlight LGBTI rights.

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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6 comments

  1. WOW! Rainbows over Scotland!

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    Pots of gold aplenty when Scotland goes independent?

    Lol!

  2. At long last we have a political leader who is prepared to stand for human rights and express his solidarity with all those who are in the struggle – particularly in the area of lgbt rights. It appalls me that so many people of influence and power are either too frightened or too hypocritical to follow Alex Salmond's example. He would have my vote in the independence referendum in September if I was Scottish – just for that one reason! We English need to look to Scotland since they are now the trendsetters. I wonder how many from those homophobic countries will take notice of the public support for the gay community during the Commonwealth Games. And what are the high-ups in the Commonwealth Games doing? Words are not enough without action. They are afraid that most of the Commonwealth countries won't take part in an avowedly inclusive games. Well, take that risk until such time as the countries realize they are missing out on gains in many fields, including economical and commercial!

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