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Mhairi Black praised for her trans equality support at SNP conference

Mhairi Black praised for her trans equality support at SNP conference

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A Scottish National Party (SNP) politician was praised by trans rights advocates for wearing trans equality her party’s annual conference.

Mhairi Black, the member of parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire South who is openly gay, donned a T-shirt which read ‘You can pee next to me’.

Black was photoed in the street with trans rights flags alongside trans rights supporters.

The group was attending the SNP’s annual conference which is taking place in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

‘Absolute legend’ 

A number of trans rights supporters took to Twitter to praise Black.

One wrote: ‘The powerhouse that is @MhairiBlack is wearing a ‘you can pee next to me’ t-shirt to SNP conference in solidarity with trans rights. Absolute legend.’

The Scottish Trans Alliance also tweeted their thanks for Black, writing: ‘Feeling the love for trans people today at #SNP19.’

Black also held a sign reading ‘I support trans equality’ next to fellow SNP MPs Angela Crawley and Stewart McDonald.

Crawley also tweeted about the importance of raising trans equality issues while at the SNP conference.

Debate on trans rights 

Scotland is one of the most progressive countries in the world for LGBTI rights.

The country has known for being LGBTI-friendly and recently announced the first LGBTI school curriculum.

However, several SNP politicians recently criticized party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for her plans to progress trans rights.

Sturgeon has vowed to push forward with gender recognition laws in Scotland. 15 party members have openly broken ranks and challenged the party policy.

In an open letter, the MSPs said they were concerned that the policy would be rushed through and could have unseen repercussions for women’s rights.

In a response posted on Twitter, Scotland’s Equality Network wrote that: ‘Trans people don’t want to change the definitions of male and female; they simply want to be recognized, and treated with dignity, as the sex they are.’