LGBT People (Prejudice)

Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 16th March 2006.

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Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green 2:15 pm, 16th March 2006

To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to challenge any prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland. (S2O-9338)

Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour

The Executive's equality strategy commits us to working with Scotland's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to ensure that the Executive's policies and practices take account of their needs. We intend to build on the work that we have already undertaken and to establish a forum that will help us to develop an action plan for challenging prejudice.

Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green

I commend the Executive for the work that it has undertaken so far. Following the announcement earlier this week that United Kingdom ministers intend to use their powers under the Equality Act 2006 to outlaw discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services, what role does the Executive see for itself in promoting the culture change that will be necessary to ensure that people can access those rights and that enforcement is rarely needed?

Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour

The Scottish Executive is committed to education and to challenging attitudes, prejudice and discrimination. I am sure that the forum will have a perspective on the measures that we can take in relation to the issues that Patrick Harvie raises. In education, in health and across its whole range of responsibilities, the Executive is committed to taking every opportunity to create a culture in which prejudice and discrimination are unacceptable.