Alex Salmond: Scotland will not tolerate discrimination, we celebrate diversity

Joseph McCormick July 27, 2014
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Following calls to speak out in support of the LGBT community at the Commonwealth Games, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has sent a strong message against discrimination.

Noting that there are still 42 Commonwealth nations where being gay can lead to a prison sentence, human rights campaign group the Peter Tatchell foundation last week pushed Mr Salmond to condemn anti-gay laws.

Speaking to Kaleidoscot in an exclusive interview, the First Minister said: “We as a nation will not tolerate discrimination. We as a nation celebrate diversity.”

The full interview is available to view below.

Peter Tatchell praised Mr Salmond for the statement, saying: “Whatever people think about Alex Salmond and the push for Scottish independence, his statement is the most forthright and supportive on LGBTI equality by any leader of any nation hosting a major international sporting event.”

Mr Salmond also announced  on Wednesday the flag would fly from St Andrews House in Edinburgh throughout the games.

Tweeting a picture of the flag flying, he said: “Good to see the rainbow flag above St Andrews House – will fly throughout @Glasgow2014 as we celebrate diversity”.

The opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last week featured a kiss between actor John Barrowman and a male dancer, in celebration of equality in Scotland.

Related topics: Commonwealth Games, Scotland

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