16 and 17 Year Olds Helped Choose MSPs for the First Time

Scotland has now chosen its MSPs for the next term. This is an exciting time for Scottish politics as not only have 16 and 17 year olds been given the right to elect their representatives for the first time; it’s also the first time that the manifestos of all major parties have so clearly included issues affecting LGBT people. We hope this signals a new chapter in LGBT equality, particularly in working toward the rights of transgender and intersex people.

‘It’s important for young people to vote as people fought just to have this right, also it's their future which they will start shaping. Leaving it up to others doesn't guarantee you will get what you want for your future’ (Young person, Dundee).

‘This is a historic day in Scotland with young people aged 16 and 17 voting in their first Scottish election, having their say in a democratic Scotland. Our work with young people shows that they are both passionate about politics and able to make considered decisions. I’m pleased to see that so many parties have included some of the key issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in the manifestos and look forward to working with the new Scottish Government on LGBT Youth Scotland’s manifesto commitments.  I hope young people continue to use their democratic powers to engage their MSPs on the issues that are important to them’ (Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive).

Check out our manifesto, Improving the Lives of LGBTI Young People, to find information on areas of concern for LGBTI young people.