McArthur welcomes Orkney Pride


Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today welcomed the start of Orkney Pride celebrations and reaffirmed his commitment to championing equality for those who identify as LGBT+.

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today welcomed the start of Orkney Pride celebrations and reaffirmed his commitment to championing equality for those who identify as LGBT+.

June is celebrated annually by the LGBT+ community and allies across the country with a host of events taking place to celebrate LGBT+ contributions to society.

LGBT+ people are more likely to suffer from poor mental health and crime, as well as being more likely to earn less than their heterosexual counterparts. Scottish Liberal Democrats continue to campaign for LGBT+ equality and for an end to the harmful practice of sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy, still legal across the UK.

This year Orkney Pride is being celebrated with a virtual march and rainbow themed window displays across the county, including at the parliamentary office in Kirkwall.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

"Can I offer my congratulations to Diane Currie and everybody involved in the organisation of Orkney Pride 2021. I'm delighted to be part of the Orkney Pride celebrations this year, and I wish everybody involved all the very best in recognising and celebrating the LGBT+ community in our islands.

"We must continue to strive for greater equality and I'm proud of the role Liberal Democrats have played in this journey, including helping to secure equal marriage and campaigning to end harmful conversion therapy."


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