MHAIRI Black has challenged Nicola Sturgeon over allegations of transphobia in the SNP.
The MP also issued a call to the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford and National Secretary Angus MacLeod.
It came after Teddy Hope – the trans officer of Out For Indy, the official LGBTQ+ wing of the SNP – shared their experiences of being a trans person in the party.
Hope said they have been targeted with transphobic abuse at party events and online.
They wrote: “I lost hope long ago with the party HQ addressing these issues, and after seeing complaints being raised time and time again by trans friends and allies in the SNP regarding rampant transphobia amongst our ranks, and receiving no response, that feeling was justified.”
Hope added: “If SNP HQ fails to address any of the several complaints raised with their institution, then headquarters is complicit in normalising a transphobic culture that has abused trans members countless times, and let our voices fall silent.”
Responding to the letter, Black urged Sturgeon, Blackford and MacLeod to take action.
She asked the trio directly on Twitter: “Are we going to continue to pretend transphobia isn’t a problem in this party?”
Are we going to continue to pretend transphobia isn’t a problem in this party @NicolaSturgeon @Ianblackford_MP @AonghasMacLeoid? https://t.co/1LK1EPeeSH
— Mhairi Black MP🏳️🌈 (@MhairiBlack) June 29, 2020
Blackford replied: “There cannot be any place for transphobia in @theSNP or in society.
“We as a country have come a long way in delivering equality and we must not be diverted from this journey. Mutual respect and tolerance must be at the heart of who we are. Yes debate issues openly but with grace.”