The Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith MEP has delivered a speech yesterday evening in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, over the alarming situation of LGBTi rights and the EU guidelines to protect and uphold them, particularly in the aftermath of the revelations of LGBTi “purges” in Chechnya, Russia. The debate took place on the occasion of the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
Alyn Smith MEP has welcomed Malta’s decision to ban conversion therapy, the controversial treatment used to change a patient’s sexual orientation from homosexual/bisexual to heterosexual.
I had the privilege of speaking at Pride on Saturday, Edinburgh’s annual celebration of equality, always a riotous colourful shambles of happiness. But Pride is not just a celebration, it is also a protest, against inequality. A remembrance of how far we’ve come, those who went before, and those elsewhere who do not enjoy the rights we do. Scotland has been ranked as the top country in Europe for equalities by ILGA-Europe, the Brussels based LGBTI charity. We have come a long way, and we have a lot to celebrate.
First published in The National, 5 July 2016
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"Tunisia can take a real lead and join the mainstream."
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith and MEP colleagues German Green Barbara Lochbihler and Swedish Green Bodil Valero have, in Tunis, delivered a letter to the Tunisian Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Ben Aissa urging the immediate release of "Marwan" a 22 year old man sentenced to a year in jail after an anal exam which judges ruled "proved" his criminal sexuality, illegal under Tunisian law.
Scots MEP Alyn Smith and his partner jumped out of a perfectly good airplane to raise money for LGBT Youth Scotland, smashing their fundraising target.
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