Rob McDowall

Member of the Equality Council

EUCCTI Consumer Rapporteur

Huffington Post Contributor

Top 100 Online Influencers; LGBT Advocates Rainbow Powerlist, #83 Global Pride Power List 2016 and nominated for National Diversity Award 2017 (Positive LGBT Role Model)

Rob McDowall is a thirty-one year old equality and human rights advocate from Glasgow in Scotland. McDowall has campaigned and lobbied on a range of equality and human rights cases over the last 14 years and has contributed to a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Gaystarnews, EHR, Commonspace and AnyVoices.

Over the years, Rob has provided representation and support to vulnerable LGBT asylum seekers and has been 'highly critical of government attempts to deport LGBT asylum seekers with the advice that they return home and 'live discreetly'.

In 2008 Rob petitioned the Scottish Parliament to challenge the outright ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood. In 2009 Rob led the LGBT Network which petitioned the Scottish Parliament to deliver marriage equality within Scotland.

In addition to working with Strathclyde and Tayside Police in order to improve equality training for police officers and frontline support staff; Rob has worked with the Scottish Court Service at Glasgow Sheriff Court to improve staff awareness of accessibility for disabled people and publicise the assisted hearing technology available within the busiest criminal court in Europe.

Rob lives with a number of life limiting conditions including chronic pain, crohns disease, depression, chronic pancreatic dysfunction and M.E. He is a outspoken advocate for the legalisation of cannabis for use in chronic pain and terminal illness.

Current Memberships
Amnesty International
Committee on the Rights of Refugees and Migrants
NHS24 Public Partnership Forum
Scotland Against Criminalising Communities
Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Chronic Pain
Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices
Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Disability
Support In Mind Scotland
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (ALLIANCE)
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief Alliance
Political Membership(s)
Member of the Scottish National Party
Commercial Interests
None
Registered Interest In Property
None

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