Mhairi gives her views on why she loves Scotland, and the unique experiences of LGBTQI community members
Show Racism the Red Card were recently awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund to develop and deliver Tackling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) to community groups throughout Scotland. The education focuses on the unique history and the challenges that LGBTQI members have to face thereby aiming to increase empathy and understanding. We had the opportunity to speak with Mhairi Black MSP, an outstanding and inspiring role model for the LGBTQI community.
1. What do you love most about Scotland?
My favourite thing about Scotland is the humour. I have found that it is not until you leave Scotland that you fully appreciate how good the patter can be.
2. What are some of your favourite things about the LGBTQI community?
The LGBTQI community are some of the most loyal, and kind people you will ever meet. This is easiest to see when attending a Pride event. You can see and feel a true sense of community and inclusion which is so nice to see in a group which has, and does still face so many challenges.
3. What are some of the particular challenges that LGBTQI young people face?
While we have made great strides for equality as a country it is clear to me that there are still many challenges that young LGTBQI people face. There still exists a sentiment that being LGBTQI is "less than" and "different" which can have a lasting impact on anyone growing up LGBTQI.
4. Do you have any advice for young people from the LGBTQI community who may be experiencing prejudice or who may feel alone?
Any young person experience prejudice must first tell someone they trust that it is happening. You should never feel that they have to accept it and put up with it; you deserve better. I would also recommend that any young LGBTQI person seeks support from those who have been in their position before.
There are LGBT youth groups all over the country who are there to help and understand what you are going through.
5. If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing, what would it be?
The lottery numbers.