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MSP's parliamentary motion lauds Scottish LGBT History Month


By Alan Beresford

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A NORTH-east MSP has lodged a parliamentary motion highlighting that February is LGBT History Month and that 2022’s theme is Blurring Borders: A World in Motion.

MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam.
MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam.

Behind the motion is Karen Adam (Banffshire and Buchan Coast), who last year won an award for LGBT political leadership has launched a Parliamentary Motion, earmarked for Members’ Business in the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Adam is a well-established ally of the LGBTQI+ community and continues to be vocal in her support of trans rights. She has previously opened up about being raised in a same-sex household in the 70s and 80s.

LGBT History Month is co-ordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland, a national charity aimed at promoting health and wellbeing among LGBTI young people aged 13 to 25 across the country.

LGBT History Month involves both in-person and online events in partnership with, among others, Leap Sports Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library Heritage Fund Scotland.

Ms Adam said: “This year’s theme, Blurring Borders: A World in Motion, provides MSPs an opportunity to express their views on what Scotland’s place is within the global community.

“We all have our part to play, no matter where we were born or where our political allegiance lies, in creating a fairer, more just society, and I look forward to hearing from my parliamentary colleagues who have supported this motion.

“The work done by [LGBT+ support organisation] Four Pillars is so important – this cannot be overstated. It is essential that LGBTQI+ people are able to have a sense of community, especially in rural areas.

“Maintaining mental, emotional, physical, and sexual health is vital to individuals’ well-being, and Four Pillars focus on this in the LGBTQI+ community in the North East has a powerful positive impact for everyone involved.

“I’m pleased to see the high level of input and engagement that young people have in this endeavour. LGBT Youth Scotland has put together a wonderfully informative months’ worth of activities.

“I look forward to continuing my work with LGBTQI+ organisations across Scotland in the coming year, particularly as we near Pride season.”

Ms Adam's motion reads: "That the parliament recognises that February is LGBT History Month; notes that this year's theme is Blurring Borders: A World in Motion, which invites people to think beyond borders and to ask each other what Scotland's place is within the global movement towards equality; highlights what it sees as the vital and continued efforts of Four Pillars, which is a charity that strives to maintain a sense of community for LGBT+ people across the north east of Scotland by supporting four aspects it considers are vital to wellbeing, which are mental, emotional, physical and sexual health; understands that LGBT History Month is coordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland, a national charity aimed at promoting health and wellbeing among LGBTI young people aged 13 to 25 across the country, hosting in-person and online events in partnership with, among others, Leap Sports Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland; wishes all involved every success in their endeavours, and notes the call for everyone to support the campaign and raise awareness of the part that everyone can play in making Scotland a fairer, just and more equal society for all who live here."


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