Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality
The Scottish Government firmly believes that there is no place in Scotland for prejudice or discrimination, and that everyone deserves to be treated fairly, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity/reassignment, race, religion or sexual orientation.
We work with a wide range of organisations to promote equality of opportunity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including the three national LGBT organisations: Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland, and the national transgender organisation, the Scottish Transgender Alliance.
We also work closely with LGBT communities to develop an understanding of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and the ways in which these issues impact on LGBT people's lives. We facilitate consultation with communities through LGBT organisations and encourage LGBT people to engage with the government to develop policy to tackle discrimination and prejudice.
We have developed legislation, policy and practice which promotes equality and inclusion for LGBT people in Scotland, including the introduction of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament on 26 June 2013. The Bill and its accompanying documents can be viewed on the Parliament’s website: Parliamentary Business - Bills. Further information can be also be found at: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.
The Scottish Government has provided funding of over £2.3 million between 2012-15 to LGBT organisations to help improve the lives of LGBT communities in Scotland, increase access to services, and promote equality.