Renfrewshire Council

We all need to stand up against homophobia and transphobia

Standing up against discrimination and prejudice faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in society is everyone's job.

I believe speaking out is the best way to raise awareness and tackle sexual and gender discrimination. I was proud that Renfrewshire Council joined many voices across the world on 17 May by supporting the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

That day marks the moment homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation's international classification of diseases - only 26 years ago. It is widely regarded as a landmark in the struggle against sexual and gender discrimination. 

Although we have made great progress towards equality, there is still a way to go and we should not be complacent.

That's why it is important to ensure people are supported and have a voice in the community. Renfrewshire Council has a policy of supporting groups with protected characteristics such as LGBT to contribute and participate in public life in Renfrewshire.

LGBT groups in Renfrewshire are welcome to join the Diversity and Equality Alliance in Renfrewshire - it's a forum for all groups that have 'protected' characteristics under the Equalities Act 2010, including sexual orientation and gender reassignment. Call 0141 618 7408 for more information.