This survey is about your experiences living as an LGBTI+ person in Scotland, and how these experiences relate to our human rights. By filling this in, you will be helping with our work protecting and strengthening the human rights of LGBTI+ people. Human rights can feel like an abstract concept, something talked about by politicians and policymakers but disconnected from our everyday lives. But human rights, and their protection, are central to us being able to live the lives we want.
Our human rights legislation, as it stands, does not always directly protect the most marginalised people, particularly those facing multiple and intersecting marginalisation. More is needed to protect LGBTI+ people, and to ensure that human rights really are for all.
The Scottish Government is proposing to introduce a new Human Rights Bill for Scotland, and with it the incorporation of four international human rights treaties, alongside the right to a healthy environment. One of these treaties is ICESCR (The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). This treaty covers many fundamental and important rights. These include the right to an adequate standard of living, including housing, food, and clothing; to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health; to education; and to cultural life. The Scottish Government is currently consulting the public about these rights (among others) and your answers to this survey will help to inform our response to this consultation.
Some sections include questions around mental and physical health, hate incidents and violence, and gender-based violence and misogyny. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to, or which you do not feel comfortable answering. All responses will be fully anonymous.
We are also offering the chance to win one of five £20 vouchers for taking part in this survey. The survey should take around 30 minutes.