Lanark MP Angela Crawley wins politician icon award

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Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley was named ‘Politician of the Year’ at the Icon Awards.

The awards, hosted by Michelle Visage and attended by the flamboyant gay icon Conchita Wurst, recognised LGBTI (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) icons throughout Scotland - with nominees including leading sportspeople, lawyers, performers, politicians and businesses.

“It’s a massive honour to win the politician of the year award, particularly on this, the year that the LGBT community has taken major strides towards reaching equality,” said Angela.

“In Scotland, England, Wales and now Ireland, marriage is equal in law.

“It is also important to recognise the significance of the United States Supreme Court’s decision - to give same-sex couples the right to marry anywhere in all 50 states and the impact that has on the LGBT community’s standing in the world.

“Yet, as we celebrate how far we’ve come, let us not forget that the journey is not over.

“The fact that it is illegal to be gay in 75 countries and punishable by death in ten, highlights the need to ensure that we do not lose sight of how much work there is left to do.

The awards were sponsored by the Sunday Herald.