Scottish Independence and Equality

Scottish Independence and Equality
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Previously, I’ve written an article on Independence and said ‘I was born in Scotland.  I’m Scottish’. In hindsight this was wrong. Its about far more than feeling Scottish. Or as I’ve learned, which side has the better sweets to give out at campaign stalls. As former MSP Colin Fox highlights the vote is about your living standards, its about your mum and dad’s right to have a pension or your disabled friends’ right to have proper benefits when they need them.

”Do you want to know what a NO vote looks like? Take a look at Surrey and Sussex NHS, where they’ve put out to contract, put out to tender, accident and emergency… to Virgin healthcare…this is serious..its about your living standards, its about your kids right to have an education, its your mum and dads right to have a pension, its your disabled friends right to have proper benefits when they need them..this is a time for change in Scotland and people are desperate for it’…It’s not esoteric or far away or somehow irrelevant to you, it comes and enters your life on a daily basis.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xr7M94zNJQ

Being the first generation due to be worse off than our parents generation is not something I  look forward to. As someone who writes the occasional blog for LGBT Network, my friend Rob would be disappointed if I didn’t highlight the huge affect on the LGBT Community. It always sticks with me the realisation when he highlighted the difficulties the community goes through in finding well paid jobs, or IN THE WORST of times, any employment. I won’t regurgitate all the statistics of Independence I know you’re probably sick of it, but you need to make a judgement call. Are LGBT rights best served with, for instance, the 136 Conservative MP’s who voted against Marriage Equality…?  Well known charities such as Stonewall also mention that discrimination often leads to Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual people experiencing greater economic deprivation and social exclusion. I’ve  lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the slogan ‘UK OK’, which is possibly the most depressing message I’ve ever came across. It also doesn’t change the fact any politician who votes against you having rights, including LGBT persons is discriminating.

We can have decisions made within a more representative system, your vote will count for more, meaning LGBT rights can be at the front of the queue. I realise that the community is diverse, not everyone will fancy it, however we can be progressive and more equal. Groups such as Yes LGBT and several others are proof of this. I have no doubt that several grass-root campaigners from both sides want these things. However, it is scandalous that it has taken such a period of time for LBGT rights to reach the point they have within the UK, such as being able to donate blood.

We all need to start seeing the invisible chains, rattle them and throw them off.

The Independence Rally is in Edinburgh this Saturday, starting at High Street at 11am. I hope to see you there.


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Richard Madden

Richard Madden

Richard is studying MA Sociology at University of Glasgow, works part- time and enjoys volunteering. With a strong interest in politics, Richard is strongly pro Scottish independence and supports the celebration of diversity.

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1 Comment to “Scottish Independence and Equality”

  1. James Hamilton Welsh // 2 June 2014 at 3:43 pm // Reply

    As a gay man coming out in Scotland in 1972 life was not easy & I dare say that is still the case for many living in Scotland & the rest of the UK. We tend to forget those of us who survived that period of discrimination are now in a situation of going into care with those same people who showed us hostility when we were young. More care should be put in place in Equality legislation in care homes. I’m not suggesting Gay ghettos, However care should be taken into account for LGBT people. I’m proud to say I’m a Scot with Irish ancestry & happy to see how far Scotland has gone in leading the way for LGBT rights since my time living there. I sadly had to leave Edinburgh as I did not want to join the others who where driven to suicide or mental illness because of what was done to them. As for independence, its not for me to say as I don’t live there & quite rightly do not have a vote. In sawing that I still have an opinion & it would be a great pity to see the UK broken up due to Scottish Independence, also the figures do no stack up financially. If an increase in industry can be achieved , why hasn’t it been put in place by now. The very best wishes to my LGBT brothers & sisters in Scotland irrespective of their background, Scotland & its people are a wonderful place.

    James Hamilton Welsh

    LGBT Activist & Human Rights Activist

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