Jamie Greene is one of a number of openly gay Scottish Conservative MSPs. Upon being elected in May 2016 the first task he set himself was setting up the Scottish Parliament’s LGBTI cross-party group, the parliament’s first in its 17 year history.
Scotland is traditionally a very open and tolerant country and this is epitomised with the three of the leaders in the Scottish Parliament being LGBT. However, gaps in society still remain where Scottish LGBT are discriminated because of their sexuality. A recent report by the TIE Campaign found that 9/10 Scottish LGBT have suffered discrimination or abuse at some point during their lives, and 1/4 have attempted suicide at least once.
There is room for improvement in Scotland and that is what the cross-party group sets out to do. Bring together stakeholders, organisations, politicians and government officials to discuss the pressing issues facing the Scottish LGBT community and to develop strategies and legislation to help tackle these.
Check out the cross-party group here