Scotland politics

Nicola Sturgeon backs LGBTI envoy plan

Nicola Sturgeon, Susan and Gerrie Douglas Scott and Patrick Harvie Image copyright Elaine Livingstone
Image caption First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said attending one of Scotland's first same-sex marriages was among her proudest moments

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged support for the creation of a special international envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights.

The first minister said SNP MPs elected in May would back any move to establish such a diplomatic post within the Foreign Office.

Ms Sturgeon was due to address an event organised by Out for Independence, the LGBTI wing of the SNP.

She was expected to say too many LGBTI people still face prejudice and hate.

Labour leader Ed Miliband announced in September that former EastEnders star and Labour peer Lord Cashman would be the party's envoy on LGBTI rights.

Image caption Lord Cashman would be the Labour party's envoy on LGBTI rights

The US Department of State is also to announce the appointment of a special envoy to advocate for LGBTI rights overseas later this month.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Too many LGBTI people in too many countries still face the most extreme forms of prejudice and hate - our voice must be one of those arguing and advocating for equality, tolerance and love."

The first minister said that attending one of Scotland's first same-sex marriages was among her proudest moments since taking up the post in November.

She added: "The stain of intolerance will not be removed entirely from our country or culture overnight - but by the laws and values we promote we can and will move ever closer towards the good society where everyone feels safe and valued and above all equal - regardless of sexuality or gender, race or religion, ability or disability."

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