Sunday , 8 December 2019

Willie Bain: A No vote would strengthen devolution and LGBTI equality

Willie Bain
Willie Bain

In an exclusive video-interview, Willie Bain, Scottish Labour Party politician, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow North East says further devolution will help strengthen LGBTI equality across the UK and fight economic discrimination.

Bain said: “Devolution has meant for many LGBT people, social and political rights and equality have been achieved.

“Look at campaigns that have been achieved in solidarity together with people across these islands, the abolition of Section 28, Equal Marriage in both England and Wales and Scotland.”

The Scottish Labour MP underlined his reasons for LGBTI people to vote to stay within the UK but with the prospects of further devolution: “I believe a positive vote for No can strengthen devolution, entrench those social and political rights, but more importantly allow us to deliver on economic equality for LGBT people in Scotland.”

He emphasised that he believes that Scotland within the UK can tackle LGBTI related issues better: “LGBT people from poor backgrounds can often suffer the worst discrimination either in the workplace or school…

“This is why I believe why that cooperation across the UK, bringing down barriers … is better achieved without the construction of new borders.”

Watch the full interview:

 

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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