MSP’s from all parties have shown their support for Purple Friday at a special photo-call in Parliament yesterday.

The last Friday in February is when schools, youth clubs and other organisations in Scotland hold events nationally to support LGBT young people.

The 2018 campaign encourages people to be an #EverydayHero and includes material such as badges and fundraising packs which have been received by schools all over the country.

Labour MSP, Kezia Dugdale, who sponsored the event in Parliament said:

“I’m incredibly proud to support the inspirational work of LGBT Youth Scotland and its stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. On Purple Friday, I encourage everyone to show their support for equality, because our job wont be done until every LGBTI person – young or old – can live their life free from discrimination.”

The rainbow flag was also raised for the first time over Scotland’s most iconic visitor attraction this morning too – Edinburgh Castle. Brigadier Gary Deakin, of the 51st Infantry Brigade, raised the flag and said it was a “privilege to make a small gesture in support of the work of LGBT Youth Scotland and Purple Friday.”

On social media, a number of schools and organisations are already celebrating Purple Friday with bake sales, quizzes and stalls to raise awareness of LGBT issues, including these groups:

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