Hot on the heels of Scotland’s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow’s Chief Executive has given his backing for a Yes vote in September.
Alastair Smith played a significant role in ensuring that last weekend’s event had a turnout of more than 7,000 people and he thinks the prospect of a written constitution that enshrines LGBT rights is ‘appealing’.
Mr Smith said: “Decisions affecting Scotland’s future should be taken here locally, and I believe that Scots are best places to take care of their own problems. We’ve seen with the success of the Scottish Parliament that we can create our own solutions to those problems.
“The prospect of a written constitution for an independent Scotland that enshrines the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people will be very appealing for Scotland’s LGBT communities. Nothing like that is being offered by the No side.”
Yes Scotland’s Chief Executive, Blair Jenkins welcomed Alastair to the campaign’s Hope Street headquarters.
Mr Jenkins said: “We’re delighted to have Alastair on board. After Peter Tatchell’s welcome endorsement at the weekend, he’s another significant LGBT voice saying that a Yes vote can make Scotland a fairer country.”
Kirsty McAlpine from Yes LGBT added: “With the full powers of independence, Scotland can be a beacon of equality across the world.
“It’s great to have Alistair’s support in campaigning for a Scotland with the powers needed to shelter persecuted LGBT people when they need asylum. The UK and its asylum policy continues to let our community down.”