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Scotland is considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe in terms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality.

We aim to preserve and advance Scotland's reputation as one of the most progressive countries in Europe in terms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality.

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Background

We developed much of our current LGBTI policy around the Equality Act 2010, which:

  • makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation

  • provides protection to transgender people who are proposing to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone part of a gender reassignment process

In its 2015 Rainbow Map, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA Europe) ranked Scotland as the most inclusive for LGBTI equality and human rights legislation (it met 92% of the ILGA's 48-point criteria).

This is largely the result of the introduction of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 and the inclusion of intersex as part of our equality approach.

Bills and legislation

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Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot - Central Enquiry Unit

Telephone: 0300 244 4000 - Central Enquiry Unit

Post:
Scottish Government
Equality Unit
Directorate for Local Government and Communities
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ