Scotland's Politicians Pledge to be Purple Heroes for LGBTI Young People

[Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2017. Taken by Andrew Cowan.]

Scotland's politicians pledge their support to stand for equality to help save and change LGBTI young people's lives. 

Politicians from all parties assembled in the Scottish Parliament's garden lobby to throw their weight behind LGBT Youth Scotland’s #PurpleHero campaign for Purple Friday. 

February is LGBT History Month and the last Friday of LGBT History Month is Purple Friday. It is a day for people across Scotland to show support for LGBTI people, and stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Scotland. 

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:

‘We’re calling on people to be ‘purple heroes’ by showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex youth and the wider community to help to save and change lives.’

‘Friends and allies are crucial in supporting LGBTI young people to feel safe, accepted and included, in order to live happy, healthy lives and reach their full potential.’ 

‘The support for Purple Friday has been tremendous, with schools holding ‘wear purple’ non- uniform days, community groups raising funds to support our work, and MSP’s and MPs wearing purple ribbons in Parliament and signing our purple hero pledge.’

‘For the first time we are seeing buildings lit up in purple, with people across Scotland keen to show their support for LGBTI young people.’

Find out more about LGBT History Month
Find out more about Purple Friday