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Is Scotland the best place to be LGBT?

IS LIFE REALLY BETTER FOR LESBIANS AND BI WOMEN NORTH OF THE BORDER? CARRIE LYELL INVESTIGATES

There are many reasons to be proud of being Scottish. We’ve invented pretty much everything, including penicillin and the television, there’s nothing we won’t deep fry, and, according to new figures, we’re more progressive than the rest of Europe on matters of LGBT equality.

Look at the reaction – or rather, non-reaction – Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale received when she spoke publicly for the first time about having a female partner back in April. Dugdale’s low-key coming out in the Fabian Review made her the fourth LGB leader of a political party in Scotland after Ruth Davidson (Conservatives), Patrick Harvie (Greens) and UKIP’s David Coburn, yet the Scottish public barely raised an eyebrow.

Her revelation came the same week that Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister, promised a whole raft of equality legislation including legal recognition for non-binary people, something the Scottish people clearly agreed with when they went to the ballot box earlier this month and gave her a clear mandate to press on with an equality agenda which has made Scotland, on paper at least, the best place to be LGBT in Europe, with a 90% Rainbow Index rating from ILGAEurope on matters of policy – ahead of Malta on 88%, Belgium on 82% and 9% clear of the UK as a whole.

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Our June issue kicks off the countdown to OITNB S4 Also in this issue: Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson on coming out as bisexual OITNB: Things get a whole lot darker in Litchfield in S4 Selling sexuality: DIVA challenges ad agencies to create ads for us Nequela Whittaker spills on her life as a former gang girl Susan Calman wants you to stop telling her to "Cheer up, love" Are sex toys & apps making us less intimate? Why local Pride events are life-changing EU Referendum: which way will you vote on 23 June? Is Scotland the best place to be LGBT? Jack Monroe on ghosting Eleanor Margolis wonders who would make the best date in Litchfield Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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