Friend fords Bristol is to provide “humanitarian assistance” to LGBTI people in Scotland, it has announced.
The charity will help to provide the same kind of support for LGBTI asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.
The announcement comes just days after the Scottish government announced plans to change the law to include transgender people as a protected group.
However, it said the government had no plans to extend the rights of LGBTI Scots.
The statement by the UK charity said the UK government would ensure that the “most vulnerable” LGBTI community are protected from discrimination.
“We will ensure that there are no discrimination against the LGBTI population in Scotland and we will ensure the rights and opportunities of LGBT people are protected and supported,” the statement said.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission said the new law would mean “greater equality” for LGBTs in the Scottish parliament and society.
The Commission said that LGBTs were more likely to be affected by the introduction of new laws and regulations than their non-LGBT peers.
“We are hopeful that the new laws will bring some of the more extreme measures previously considered to be in place to a halt,” said Dr Susanne Hickey, the chair of the Commission.
“There is a great deal of work to do to ensure that we do not lose the opportunity to ensure the full equality of the LGBT community in Scotland.”
The announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA).
“The new Equality Act is a step in the right direction towards full equality for all LGBT people,” STA spokesman, Mandy Campbell, said.
“The STA welcomes the announcement that Friend forD will be helping to provide assistance to the most vulnerable LGBTI communities in Scotland.”
These LGBTI migrants are often overlooked and it is only right that they are given the same rights as all other vulnerable people in society.
“The announcement came as the Scottish Government announced a series of measures to help tackle homophobic violence.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the measures would support people who were “being attacked, abused and intimidated” by homophobic and transphobic behaviour.”
This includes homophobic bullying, verbal abuse, intimidation and even death threats,” she said.
Ms Sturgeon said that the measures included the “strongest anti-bullying legislation” the country had ever seen.
Gay rights groups welcomed the move, but called on the Government to act on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie said the announcement was a step forward in ending the discrimination faced by LGBTI individuals.”
And that would also include removing Section 18 of the Equality Act 2015 which discrimidates against people on the basis of gender identity.””
As the law is made, we can and must work towards the repeal of Section 25 of the Gender Recognition Act, which discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation.”
And that would also include removing Section 18 of the Equality Act 2015 which discrimidates against people on the basis of gender identity.
“The Scottish Government said it would publish its final proposals for the law changes in the coming weeks.
The Scottish LGBTI Network (SNG) welcomed the announcement, saying that it was a welcome step towards ending the “inhumane discrimination” of same sex marriage.”
It’s fantastic news that we are finally getting some positive steps towards full same sex marriages in Scotland,” said SNG president, Mark Rowland.
“In the UK there are still people who are being bullied, beaten and even murdered for being gay.
It is time for the Government in Scotland to take this step towards a law change that recognises same sex couples as married people and also recognises that gay people are still victims of homophobic abuse and bullying.”
SNG is urging the Scottish Parliament to reject the bill.
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