The Scottish LGBTI Police Association hosted police forces from around the UK in a highly successful conference last month.
125 delegates from 38 forces were welcomed to the UK & Ireland LGBTI Police Conference at Tulliallan Castle, the largest such conference ever held in Scotland.
Tulliallan, in Fife, is the home of the Scottish Police College, which proved the ideal setting for a series of workshops, talks and sharing ideas for improving representation of LGBTI identities in policing, but also the awareness of issues LGBTI people face in our communities.
Guests had a traditional welcome to with some Irn-Bru and Tunnock’s biscuits on arrival, as well as highland dancing for the visitors in the evening!
15 LGBT organisations, including Scottish Trans, the TIE campaign and LEAP Sports, were involved in delivering workshops and talks, where delegates heard of the social change happening in Scotland, as well as the challenges which remain.
Alan Sneddon, General Secretary of conference hosts, the Scottish LGBTI Police Association, told us:
“I am incredibly proud of what I consider to be a landmark achievement and watershed for the Association in Scotland. We have evolved over 28 years because the issues and challenges do likewise.”
“When I became involved with the Association 20 years ago, things were very different. If someone had asked me then, would there be a UK & Ireland LGBTI Police conference at the very centre and hear of policing in Scotland, Tulliallan, I’d probably have laughed!”
“To create a garden rich in colour and diversity takes a lot of time, care, effort and a considerable amount of weeding. It also takes a lot of work to keep it that way and improve it. As LGBTI gardeners, we are very much up for the challenge today and for what lies ahead.”