Christina shows support for LGBTI young people on Purple Friday
‘Purple Friday’, the last Friday of LGBT History month, celebrates a themed day of support for LGBTI people across Scotland.
LGBT Youth Scotland are calling for people to become a #PurpleHero by wearing purple clothing and by signing the #Purplehero pledge.
The day comes after LGBT Youth Scotland found that 70 per cent of young LGBTI people had experienced homophobic bullying in school, with 10 per cent said that they had left education directly because of their experience.
Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has answered the call, launching a parliamentary motion to celebrate ‘Purple Friday’.
Commenting on the campaign, Christina said:
“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.
“However, we know we still have much more to accomplish.
“It is only right, therefore, that LGBT History month goes out with a bang with ‘Purple Friday’ – a colourful, vibrant campaign to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Scotland. I was delighted I could raise a motion in the Scottish Parliament, congratulating the campaign and its importance to our drive for equality.
“The campaign encourages all to do a number of things, least of all wearing purple as a show of solidarity with LGBT young people throughout Scotland.
“I would plead with everyone throughout Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse to follow the inspiring example of LGBT Youth Scotland and sign the #PurpleHero pledge.