Progressive Scotland Presents Commonwealth Games with Flair

Progressive Scotland Presents Commonwealth Games with Flair

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ParadeScotlandSince decriminalizing homosexuality in 1980, Scotland has become one of the most progressive European countries as far as LGBT rights.

The latest initiative toward equality is the One Scotland campaign, which is an attempt to end discrimination based on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status.

This initiative comes during the middle of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

About 6,000 people, including athletes and celebrities came to the government-funded LGBTI Pride House in Glasglow, including First Minister Alex Salmond who visited to show his support.

“In no previous games has the visibility and inclusion of LGBTI people been so high,” community development coordinator for the Equality Network, Scott Cuthbertson said.

Right now, 42 of the 53 Commonwealth member states criminalize same-sex relationships, some including life in prison or even execution.

“There is so much to be done by the Commonwealth Secretariat and member countries to ensure human rights for LGBTI people across the globe, and we hope the Glasgow 2014 Games will be seen as part of a movement for positive change,” Cuthbertson said.

The First Minister met same-sex couples and their children and the rainbow flag is being flown outside the government headquarters to send a clear message of LGBT equality.

The Games opened up with a kiss between actor John Barrowman and a male backup dancer during the opening song.

“From the new ‘Glasgow kiss’, leadership on LGBTI issues from the top of the Scottish Government, and rainbow flags being flown across Scotland, to opportunities to talk about the Commonwealth human rights record on LGBTI equality, the Glasgow 2014 games have set a standard for LGBTI visibility and inclusiveness which we hope future games will build upon,” Cuthbertson said.

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