Kezia Dugdale '˜bowled over' by support since coming out as gay

SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has told how she is thankful for the messages of support she has received since coming out as gay.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. Picture: TSPL

Writing today, she said she had been “bowled over by the support”.

“The Scottish Parliament was once referred to as the rainbow parliament because of the array of party colours represented,” she said.

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“While the number of Greens and socialists might have fallen back, the diversity of our Parliament remains. In fact it’s now considered the gayest Parliament in the world.”

She added: “The journey Scotland has taken since those horror days of Section 28 is remarkable.

This was the Tories’ law about how same-sex relationships shouldn’t be discussed in school.

“It told teachers they couldn’t discuss the “acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.

“That law was scrapped in June 2000 as one of the first acts of the Labour/Lib Dem government.

“So while the rainbow flag might be flying higher than ever above Holyrood, we can take pride in the fact it’s been there for LGBT Scots since day one.”