Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the United Nations Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI) conducted a formal country visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 24 April to 5 May 2023 to assess the human rights situation of LGBTIQ+ persons.
Rev Elder Maxwell Reay was invited to a private, one to one meeting with Victor Madrigal-Borloz on 1st May 2023 in Edinburgh, to share his experiences and views on conversion practices and his recommendations to the Scottish and UK governments in relation to the protection of individual’s human rights.
Rev Elder Maxwell Reay said:
I was delighted to be offered this opportunity to meet with Victor Madrigal-Borloz and I very much valued the time that he took to explain his work in supporting the rights of all trans people globally. He took time to listen to my experience, opinions and recommendations. This was an incredibly supportive and productive meeting and as a queer trans man of faith, I knew my voice was being heard.
Rev Elder Maxwell Reay has also served on the Scottish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Ending Conversion Practices.