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SNP MP Hannah Bardell opens up on being threatened for holding hands with her same-sex partner

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Hannah Bardell said she had faced threats in Scotland simply because she was a lesbian.Speaking during a debate on 50 years of Pride in the UK, the Livingston MP told the Commons of the hostile reaction she had received in public.READ MORE: Angela Crawley to lead Pride debate in CommonsBardell was highlighting how in 71 countries around the world people can stil be persecuted in law for being gay.She said she is an “openly proud lesbian” but that is still illegal to be LGBTQ in 71 countriesShe said: “I am illegal in 71 countries.

And in 11 of those countries the death penalty still exists for same-sex consensual activities.”Conservative MP Kieran Mullan said her remarks highlighted the “extreme circumstances” that people go through in other countries, He added: “But one of the tests I think we often ask ourselves is: would every gay person in this place on a late night out surrounded by drunk crowds of people feel confident to hold the hand of their partner?”“I’m not sure they would actually.

I think even in this country there is a lot we can still do when it comes to issues like that.”Bardell replied: “I absolutely agree with him.

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