We are committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex people, and all gender identities and sexual orientations (LGBTQI+) and promoting, protecting and realising the rights of every LGBTQI+ person in Scotland.


Our current work to improve the lives of LGBTQI+ people includes:

Also we:


We developed much of our current LGBTQI+ policy around the Equality Act 2010, which makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of certain protected characteristics including:

  • sexual orientation, including how people express this such as through appearance or the places they visit
  • gender reassignment, where a person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing, or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is an independent public body responsible for oversight of compliance with the Equality Act 2010. They have issued guidance for employers and service providers on how to comply with equality law and implement good practice, as well as guidance for individuals to help them to understand their rights.

We are driving an ambitious and progressive agenda to ensure that equality, inclusion and human rights are embedded in all we do. Find out more about mainstreaming equality or read our latest Mainstreaming Report.

Bills and legislation

We introduced:


LGBTQI+ Equality Policy Team

Email: lgbtipolicy@gov.scot

Central Enquiry Unit

Email: ceu@gov.scot 
Telephone: 0300 244 4000 

Scottish Government
Equality and Inclusion Division
Directorate for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights
Victoria Quay

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