A major new report released today, has revealed that LGBTQ+ people in Scotland still face widespread prejudice while going about their everyday lives.
According to information from the Scottish LGBTQ+ equality report, the discrimination ranges from homophobic attitudes and comments, all the way up to violent acts of physical and sexual abuse.
This is despite the fact that the region has seen major advancements in recent years, with civil partnerships and the introduction of marriage equality last year. Further according to the report, a majority of LGBTQ+ people are still wary of coming out regarding their sexual identity with both their family and their work. Due to this rather surprising information, the Scottish Government is now under pressure to publish an LGBTQ+ equality and human rights strategy and action plan and use it to actively measure progress.
A spokesperson for the Equality Network (who published the report), Tom French, said: “It reveals the stark reality of the prejudice, discrimination and other forms of disadvantage” that LGBT people continue to face in Scotland. It is clear that while we have made welcome progress in recent years, there is still much more to do before LGBT people will experience real equality in their day-to-day lives.
“The scale of the challenge is considerable and with the next Scottish Parliament election rapidly approaching, we will be looking to the Scottish Government, and all the political parties, to set out clear plans for how they will tackle inequality and make Scotland a fairer and more equal place for LGBT people to live.”
The Equality Network will also be calling on every Scottish party to set out firm manifesto comments on LGBTQ+ equality head of the next elections.
The report reveals that 9 out of 10 LGBTQ+ people believe that they continue to face inequality in Scotland, while almost all of them agreed that more needs to be done to tackle the issue.
Since I know you’re wondering, the Equality Network’s report is based on the views of more than 1,000 people, 34% being gay men, 22% were gay women and 15% were bisexual. The study took place between 2012 and 2013.
The incidents experienced by LGBTQ+ people seem very varied, as there were instances of homophobia, biphobic and transphobic comments and attitudes (about 82%), as well as verbal abuse (68%), physical abuse (16%), sexual assault (7%), crimes against property (12%), discrimination while using services (25%) and in employment. (24%)
A spokesperson for the Scottish government said: “Despite the significant progress made in relation to LGBT equality, particularly in recent years, we are aware of the inequality still facing LGBT people and communities today. There is no place for any homophobic, biphobic or transphobic prejudice or discrimination in modern day Scotland or anywhere else. This government is one committed to promoting a more equal society which values Scotland’s diverse communities and the important role they play in enriching Scotland socially, culturally and economically.”