WHILE NORTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN busy with its anti-trans “bathroom law,” which forces trans men and women to use restrooms that correspond to their sex as assigned at birth, and Mississippi was enacting its “religious freedom” law that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale just casually revealed that she has a female partner.
In doing so, she just made Scotland “the only country in the world where most of its political party leaders are openly lesbian, gay or bisexual,” according to a report in The Guardian.
Dugdale and Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, as well as Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie and UKIP Scotland leader David Coburn have all come out as gay or bisexual.
To put things into perspective, only one openly gay person has ever been elected to the US Senate (Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin), and only six sit in the House of Representatives.
Scotland is Europe’s most LGBT-friendly country, and that’s probably not a coincidence considering some of its most powerful lawmakers are LGB (though not T).
A generation of children in Scotland will thankfully grow up knowing that it’s both normal and acceptable for LGBT folks to maintain high-powered and influential roles in working society.