Motion raised in the Scottish Parliament celebrating the event.
February marks the beginning of LGBT History month, celebrated throughout Scotland.
The event, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture, aims to recognise the significant contribution LGBT people have made to Scotland. LGBT History month is also an opportunity for learning, discussion and debate around the continued fight for LGBT liberation.
LGBT History month is coordinated with LGBT Youth Scotland, who have been working closely with Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie.
The MSP has launched a parliamentary motion in the Scottish Parliament, recognising LGBT History month:
“I was honoured to submit this in the Scottish Parliament on behalf of LGBT Scotland and on behalf of our LGBTI young people across the country.
“I have enjoyed a close relationship with LGBT Youth Scotland for a number of years. The work they are doing in supporting, campaigning and improving the lives of LGBTI young people in Scotland is truly making a difference.
“LGBT History month allows us all time to reflect on the great progress we have made in making Scotland an open, inclusive and equal country. But we know we can do more.
“Seeing the Marriage and Civil Partnership Act (2014) be signed into law remains one of the proudest days I’ve had as an MSP.
“However, we won’t rest on our laurels and the Scottish Government will continue to work hard to eliminate homophobic, transphonic and biphobic attitudes wherever they occur.
Cara Spence, Senior Programmes & Influencing Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland added:
“Having commitment to LGBT equality from MSP’s like Christina is essential in helping make Scotland an inclusive place for everyone.
“Despite a positive legislative picture in Scotland many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to experience prejudice and discrimination in their communities.
“Unfortunately changing laws is not the same as changing lives.
‘Occasions like LGBT History Month are an opportunity to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex lives and culture by recognising the significant contribution LGBTI people have made to Scotland and the world at large. It is also a time for learning, discussion and reflection on progress still to be made.’
‘There are events happening all over the country, and this year we’re putting the focus on LGBT heritage.’
‘We’re asking organisations, groups and individuals to share their own milestones on social media – a photograph, a clipping from an article, a handwritten note – using the hashtag #LGBTHeritage so we can uncover some of the hidden histories that have been part of Scotland’s story.’
‘Find out more at www.lgbthistory.org.uk.’