Pride walk

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on a trans rights march.

By Democrat reporter

Seventy-two LGBT organisations from all over Scotland have today united to emphasise their support for trans equality in an open letter to MSPs. The organisations also declare their support for the reform of gender recognition law in Scotland.

The open letter states, “We are resolute and united in support of trans equality and human rights, as we have always been, and today reaffirm our support for trans people and equality. We stand for LGBT equality alongside equality for all other groups – there is no real equality unless it is equality for all.”

Amongst the organisations to sign are LGBT sports groups, pride event organisers, national organisations, and local support groups, across the length and breadth of Scotland.

The letter says “The LGBT community in Scotland, and our allies, have worked together for a better Scotland, changing this country for the better for all its people and challenging sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination. In this journey we have learned that as an LGBT community we are stronger when we are united.”

It continues “Recently, we have been concerned by attempts by some to isolate the trans community from the wider LGBT community; this goes against everything we stand for.”

On reform of gender recognition, the letter states “We stand in support of a reformed Gender Recognition Act that enables trans people to more smoothly change their birth certificates to match their lives and other identity documents.”

The signatories also support the Scottish Government’s current plans for LGBT inclusion in the 2021 national Census.

Dr Rebecca Crowther, Policy Coordinator at the Equality Network, said: “We know that an overwhelming majority of the LGBT community support trans equality. The LGBT groups and organisations that have signed this letter prove just that. It is vital that the LGBT community and allies continue to stand together to ensure that Scotland continues to be a progressive and inclusive country for all and that this is reflected in policy and legislation.”

Stuart Duffy, Founder, Pink Saltire, said: “This unprecedented demonstration of support and solidarity from LGBT organisations right across Scotland sends a clear message that we will not be divided on this issue.  Trans and non-binary people have been, and continue to be, absolutely critical in the fight for LGBT equality and we will not abandon them or deny their existence as others would – we stand shoulder to shoulder and resolute in our support.”

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