Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils package of progressive LGBTI-rights laws

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has announced a package of LGBTI-rights laws that the Scottish government will implement should her Scottish National Party (SNP) be returned to office in a May vote.  The SNP is widely predicted to win the elections.

According to Sturgeon, the government would begin officially recognizing a “non-binary” gender for Scots that identify as neither male nor female, and the age at which trans people could legally change their gender would be reduced from 18 to 16. Additionally, the government would implement a comprehensive scheme in the education system aimed at addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying.  The initiative would provide training to teachers and administrators, and a new program aimed directly at students would also be introduced.

In her widely-praised speech in front of Scottish LGBTI leaders unveiling the reforms, Sturgeon said, “I want to see a renewed focus on areas such as education – both for young people themselves, and those responsible for their emotional and educational wellbeing.  Tolerance, respect, inclusion – these are attitudes and principles we want to encourage and foster in modern, fairer Scotland.”  

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