FM hails Young Scot’s gay rights cam­paign

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - John Fer­gu­son

Ni­cola Stur­geon has hailed Scot­land as the first coun­try in the world to have “ed­u­ca­tion equal­ity” for LGBTI pupils.

The First Min­is­ter made the claim as she gave cam­paigner Jor­dan Daly the Sun­day Mail’s Young Scot 2018 award on Fri­day night.

She said: “The over­all win­ner is a tire­less cam­paigner for equal­ity.

“He has over­come ma­jor chal­lenges in his ear­lier life but he has used these ex­pe­ri­ences to help oth­ers.

“In 2016, he cre­ated the Time for In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion (TIE) Cam­paign and took its mes­sage of tol­er­ance and equal rights to schools right across Scot­land. “He also took it to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and right to the heart of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment. It is in large part as a re­sult of his ef­forts that I am so proud to stand here tonight as First Min­is­ter and ut­ter this sen­tence: Scot­land is the first coun­try in the world to have ed­u­ca­tion equal­ity and that is a fur­ther mile­stone in the path to­wards true gen­uine equal­ity for LGBTI peo­ple.

“It is one that tonight’s win­ner can take great pride in, not just tonight but for the rest of his life.

“So, for all of these rea­sons, I am gen­uinely quite emo­tional and gen­uinely de­lighted to an­nounce that the Young Scot award for 2018 goes to the won­der­ful Jor­dan Daly.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary John Swin­ney has pre­vi­ously an­nounced the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment would ac­cept all 33 rec­om­men­da­tions made by an LGBTI-in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion work­ing group.

This means all state schools will teach pupils of all ages about LGBTI equal­ity, with the Gov­ern­ment to fund teacher train­ing on the sub­ject. Min­is­ters will also en­sure schools have “ap­pro­pri­ate” LGBTI teach­ing re­sources.

HONOUR Stur­geon with win­ner Jor­dan. Right, with fans at Young Scot awards

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