FM hails Young Scot’s gay rights campaign
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