Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands has become one of the first signatories of the Scottish LGBTI+ Rainbow Mark. The initiative, developed by Equality Network in consultation with Highland Pride and four other Scottish LGBTI+ organisations, promotes and supports inclusive social spaces across Scotland.
By encouraging the display of the Rainbow Mark as a symbol in social places such as cafes, restaurants, gyms, and libraries, the initiative aims to increase positive LGBTI+ visibility, reduce isolation and minority stress for members of the LGBTI+ community, and generally create more welcoming spaces in Scotland.
Commenting on becoming a Rainbow Mark signatory, Roddick said:
“I am delighted to be amongst the first signatories of the Rainbow Mark and to now have my very own mark up in my office. As a member of the LGBTI+ community myself, it is fantastic to see this initiative come to life and bring inclusive individuals, organisations, businesses, and public services together.
“The Rainbow Mark is something that I would have valued so much as a youngster, so it is encouraging to see steps being taken to ensure that the road is becoming easier for the next generation.
“I am particularly pleased that Highland Pride were one of the consultation groups in developing the Rainbow Mark. It really is amazing to see LGBTI+ individuals across the Highlands able to have their say on how we, as a country in Scotland, can strive to be more inclusive.”