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LGBT+ in Scotland
Some background on LGBT+ rights in Scotland

LGBT+ rights in Scotland have evolved extensively and we’re incredibly proud to say that we’re now one of the most progressive countries in the world. When it comes to same sex marriage, Scotland led the way in the UK, being the first country to consult on a draft bill. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 4 March 2014, and on 31 December 2014, at 00:01, the first same sex marriage ceremonies took place across Scotland. These joyous occasions were cheered on in the media and in the communities across the country.

Same sex couples were actually able to enter into civil partnerships in Scotland as far back as 2005. The 2014 legislation meant that these couples were able to change the partnerships into marriages if they wanted. Also, since 2009, same sex couples have been granted joint and step adoption status. This allows same sex couples the opportunity to provide a loving family environment for children who need it.

In 2018, The Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons & Disregards) (Scotland) was introduced in Scotland. This was a key piece of legislation that allowed a formal pardon to be granted to people convicted of offences related to same-sex sexual activity between men that would now be legal.

Although we have made great strides in this area, we know that there is still a lot of work to be done. Scotland is committed to bringing our legislation on gender reassignment in line with international best practice and though this work has been temporarily halted by the coronavirus pandemic, we are ready to continue this work as soon as possible.

In 2007, the Scottish Government began funding the Scottish Trans Alliance – the first time a transgender rights project had been funded by any national government in Europe. 2014 also saw Scotland become the first country to host a Transgender and Intersex Conference. The conference was designed to bring people together to work and improve transgender and intersex equality from across the UK.

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on reforming gender recognition and will shortly be consulting on equality for intersex people. Making progress for trans and intersex people will hopefully see Scotland remain one of the top countries for many years to come.

As for the future, Scotland is committed to finding ways to further support LGBT+ communities where possible, helping to lead the way in ensuring a diverse and accepting culture for everyone.

Note: The above taken from LGBT+

Other resources....

LGBTI The Scottish Government portal
Goverment Policy on ensuring equality for Scotland's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex citizens and communities.

LGBT Rights in Scotland - Wikipedia
LGBT Youth Scotland
Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country. We also deliver the LGBT Charter programme to schools, organisations and businesses.

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