Elections for the Scottish Youth Parliament take place in March 2017 and six young people from across Scotland are interested in standing up for LGBT young people’s rights as Members of Scottish Youth Parliament for the organisation. Watch this live Q&A husting's with candidates before you cast your vote.
The six candidates standing for election in the SYP elections 2017 for LGBT Youth Scotland are:
"I believe and feel very passionately about LGBT topics and issues, I enjoy having the chances to stand up and advocate for those who wish to have their beliefs and rights expressed. For people who wish to see change and progression of the LGBT community within education and society. For people who want more equality from a young age to allow a safer and happier life to develop into. I wish to use my strong background in representing issues to committees of all ages."
"I am determined to make a positive change in Scotland's society for LGBT+ youth, and make their voices heard. I will do this by trying to increase participation in politics and getting young people actively involved by capturing their interest in a fun, friendly way. I also want to keep an open mind and listen to everyone's needs and not let my own views interfere with what's best for the community."
"Having been a service user of LGBT Youth Scotland for over two and a half years, I have a clear and in-depth knowledge and understanding of what the organisation aspires to achieve. I have been to many of the different youth groups across the country, as a result I have met so many different young people and youth workers. This has given me great insight into what our community is really asking for from a platform such as the SYP."
I have been a service user of LGBT Youth Scotland for over 4 years, giving me a clear understanding of some of the key issues facing LGBT young people. As well as this, I also have extensive experience in campaigning, having been involved in the 'Time For TEA' (Transgender Education and Awareness) campaign, 'Speak Your Mind' (the SYP mental health campaign) and LGBT Youth Scotland's 'Silence Helps Homophobia' campaign.
"Scotland's LGBT community is very diverse. It is important to me to listen to the experiences of its young members so that everyone is fairly represented. Many of the young people the Youth Parliament represents are secondary school students. One issue I would like to focus on is preventing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools."
"I am incredibly passionate and excited about youth politics and representing LGBTQI+ young people. I spend a lot of time advocating for LGBT rights, and have recently campaigned for the right to dance in a same sex couple in Social Dancing/Physical Education and won! I am a member of the LGBT National Youth Council for the Scottish Borders and sit on the mental health youth commission."
Watch candidates in this live Q&A hustings to find our what they think about the issues that are important to you. Hustings will be hosted by LGBT Youth Scotland International Rep Josh McGinlay.
Online elections take pace from the 3rd to the 17th of March. All young people aged 13-26 will then be able to vote online and choose, in order of preference, two candidates who you feel would best represent the needs of LGBTI young people as Members of Scottish Youth Parliament.
The results of the election will be declared on Monday 20th of March through a news piece on our website and on our social media channels. @LGBTYS and facebook.com/lgbtys - keep your eyes peeled when the time comes!!
Scottish Youth Parliament Elections
The Scottish Youth Parliament elections take place every two years and Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) will serve a two year term from June 2017 to June 2019. The elections are organised by LGBT Youth Scotland in partnership with Scottish Youth Parliament.