We’re delighted to announce that the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed Green MSP Patrick Harvie’s Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill yesterday.
The bill tackles homophobic, transphobic and anti-disabled hate crime, and will make sure such crimes are taken as seriously as racist and religious hate crime, and as they are in England and Wales.
The Scottish Parliament is the first legislature in Europe to tackle transphobic hate crime.
Stonewall Scotland, alongside many other organisations and individuals, have been campaigning for this legislation for nearly seven years now.
The bill sends a clear message that hate crime is not acceptable in a modern Scotland. It will show the victims of hate that their crimes will be taken seriously. And it’ll allow proper recording of the levels of hate crime.
We’ll be watching closely to see how it is implemented and to make sure it works in practice.
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