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LGBTI Equality Manifesto

2021-2026 Scottish Parliament

In this LGBTI equality manifesto, we set out the concrete steps that the next Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament can take, over the next five years, to improve the lives of LGBTI people living in Scotland. This includes improving public services, delivering legal equality, tackling discrimination, promoting wellbeing, and building a more equal Scotland.

Our approach to developing this manifesto:

This manifesto has been co-developed by Scottish Trans, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland. It sets out our joint priorities for delivering equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and people with a variation in sex characteristics or who are intersex (I/VSC) in the 2021-2026 parliamentary term. It is further endorsed by our partners at LGBT Health and Wellbeing, LEAP Sports Scotland, Time for Inclusive Education, and iCON UK.

Our organisations work to achieve equality for LGBTI people. There are important differences in the experiences, needs and marginalisations of these groups of people. Experiences of discrimination and marginalisation due to sexual orientation, trans status or variations in sex characteristics can vary widely, and thus require different and multifaceted solutions. Some of our calls in this manifesto are specific to particular groups – such as bisexual people, or non-binary people. Some of our calls will be specific to LGBTI people who are marginalised in multiple ways – such as LGBTI refugees, or older LGBTI people.

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