In November, young LGBT people accessing LGBT Youth Scotland’s services will be able to vote for two LGBT young people to represent them at the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP).
Each of those elected will become a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for LGBT Youth Scotland and will serve a term of two years. During that time they will work with the Scottish Youth Parliament to improve the rights of LGBT young people in Scotland.
There are five candidates standing for election and you can find out more about each candidate below.
Fin's top three priorities as an SYP candidate are: trans rights, healthcare equality, and equality in schools.
Find out more about Fin here.
Shaun's top three priorities as an SYP candidate are: inclusive education, trans issues and issues affecting LGBT+ young people.
Find out more about Shaun here.
Cai's top three priorities as an SYP candidate are: LGBTQ health, education and human rights.
Find out more about Cai here.
Nico's top three priorities as an SYP candidate are: LGBT healthcare, education and trans self-identification.
Find out more about Nico here.
Amy's top three priorities as an SYP candidate are: educating educators, waiting times for the gender clinic, and mental health support.
Find out more about Amy here.
What is the Scottish Youth Parliament
The Scottish Youth Parliament is an entirely youth-led organisation based on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which states that “young people have the right to express their views freely and have their opinions listened to in all matters affecting them”. SYP’s mission is to provide a national platform for young people to discuss the issues that are important to them, and campaign for changes to the nation that they live in.
Why is SYP important for LGBT Young people?
MSYPs for LGBT Youth Scotland represent LGBT young people across the whole of Scotland. They represent you at national events, ensure your views are listened to by decision-makers, campaign on issues that are important to LGBT young people and make sure LGBT young people’s needs are reflected in the Scottish Youth Parliament.
How to vote
Anyone who participates in LGBT Youth Scotland can vote in the election. This includes those who attend groups, participate in youth commissions, youth reference groups, or have one-to-one support.
Voting takes place though a “Single Transferable Vote” – this means you rank the candidates from 1-5, with “1” being the person you feel is most suited to representing LGBT young people at the Scottish Youth Parliament. This is a fairer way of voting and means the people elected represent the most people.
Voting is open 8th-20th November. Check back here for more information when voting opens.