Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of the Scottish Greens has told the journalists of the PinkNews web-portal that politicians should treat homophobia as well as racism. He admitted supporting inclusive education in schools; “We have to incorporate the arguments about equality and the issues that teachers need to understand and come to terms with, to have fully inclusive education.I don’t think it’s necessary about having some new and standalone approach, but integrating the arguments about LGBTI inclusion right through everything that the teaching profession does.In many ways much more challenging are the financial impacts and the cultural impacts. There will be some teachers who are resistant to it and there will certainly be issues when it comes to denominational schools. Politicians are going to have to have the nerve to address that head on, instead of simply ducking that issue”, the politician claims.
He cares about LGBT people’s health, both physical and mental, and promises to create the new healthcare programs and to continue supporting those which already exist. He is also supporting transgender people, thinking that the gender identity should be chosen for each person the way he or she feels.
” I would like us to have all parties treating homophobia, transphobia and biphobia as seriously as they treat racism or misogyny.With the except of the far right, UKIP and BNP, a party would kick a candidate out for expressing racist views. The same approach is taken for sexual violence. We should have the situation where LGBTI people are treated the same and it’s not seen as a special conscience matter, where if you want to treat same-sex couples differently under the law that’s okay.We need to recognise that this is not a special conscience issue anymore than racism or sexism is not. This is a matter where all political parties need to be accepting equality”, Harvie insists.