Trans-councillor leaves roles after ‘threats to life’ (News)


Councillor Gregor Murray

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Councillor Murray mentioned they’d stay a councillor however would now not fulfil their different roles

Scotland’s solely openly-trans councillor has mentioned they’re stepping again from frontline politics.

In an announcement on social media, Dundee councillor Gregor Murray mentioned psychological wellbeing, private points and on-line abuse have been behind the choice.

The SNP councillor additionally mentioned they’d obtained threats to their life.

They may stay a councillor however will now not be convener of the kids and households companies committee or an equal alternatives spokesperson.

Councillor Murray posted their letter to council chief John Alexander on Fb, saying the previous few months had been “extraordinarily robust personally”.

The letter mentioned: “As the one overtly trans individual elected in Scotland, it has not been straightforward coping with the sustained and vindictive nature of a few of the private assaults and threats to my life that I’ve obtained over the previous few months.”

‘Vicious abuse’

The submit continued: “My very own psychological wellbeing is just not the place it must be. In addition to points surrounding my private life, I’ve additionally been subjected to a vicious and sustained string of abuse throughout varied social media channels, a small fraction of which you’ve got witnessed.

“This has led me to make a lot of mistaken judgements in speaking with individuals who marketing campaign towards my elementary human rights.

“I’ve not dealt with this case effectively within the slightest. I’ve used language that’s inappropriate for somebody in my place, which is inflicting an pointless distraction from the unbelievable work that this administration is doing for town.

“The factors that I’ve been making an attempt to make have been misplaced due the methods through which I’ve expressed them, and I really feel as if I’m not being a useful member of your administration or of the LGBTI neighborhood.

“Subsequently I imagine it’s in the very best pursuits of the administration, my constituents, our celebration and my very own well being if I take a step again presently, in an effort to resolve my very own points.”

Councillor Murray added: “It has been an honour and a privilege to fulfil these roles for the previous 12 months, and I hope that the fervour and constructive contributions that I’ve introduced won’t be overshadowed by the circumstances through which I depart from them.”


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