I am conscious that I have a privileged background as white, male, heterosexual and well educated. I believe that I have a responsibility to care about others’ rights, too. Initially I heard about GRA reform and thought it sounded a progressive change but I have listened to other viewpoints and realise that some aspects of the proposals threaten the rights of women and children.
I engage as politely and respectfully as I can with a range of people on Twitter and within my political party to learn what they think and why. I have discussed issues with family, friends and colleagues (when I was a teacher). I anticipate engaging in debate politically to persuade my party (SNP) to review it’s policy.
There have been few consequences to date, although some relationships with fellow activists have been strained. Still, I know that open dialogue is essential even while it may not be easy.
John, Retired teacher, Christian, SNP member