Monday , 18 December 2017

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Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

WHO set to declassify trans identity as mental disorder…but is it enough?

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  It has recently been announced that the World Health Organisation is proposing – finally – to remove transgender identity and gender dysphoria from its list of mental health disorders. The list, known as the ICD-10, describes gender dysphoria as “the urge to belong to the opposite sex that may include surgical procedures to modify the sex organs in order to ...

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Ruth Davidson delivers Amnesty International Lecture: From Scotland with Love

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  This evening Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson delivered the Amnesty International Lecture in Belfast as part of the city’s Pride Festival. Addressing people from across Northern Ireland’s political and faith communities about Scotland’s journey before and after the passing of equal marriage legislation, Ms Davidson leader outlined how equal marriage changed her own life, and those of others across the country. She praised Holyrood ...

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Scottish Tory leader calls for Northern Ireland to introduce same-sex marriage

Ruth Davidson

  Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will tonight enter into the debate over same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. In a lecture at an Amnesty International event held as part of the Belfast Pride Festival, Ms Davidson will stress that – just as Scotland has “become a better place” because of same-sex marriage – there are opportunities for Northern Ireland if it extends marriage to same-sex ...

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Glasgow bids for 2020 LGBTI Games

Glasgow is bidding to host the 2020 Euro Games

  Glasgow is set to bid to host the 2020 LGBTI Euro Games, which have been staged in various European countries since 1992 to show mutual respect, tolerance and support equality – as well as encouraging more LGBTI people to participate in sport. The Scottish city, which hosted the 2014 Commonwealth games and – more recently – the Homeless World ...

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Mr Gay Scotland stripped of title – after attending Pride event

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  Jamie Love, a model who was recently named Mr Gay Scotland, has reportedly been stripped of his title after opting to attend a local Pride event rather than enter a European competition in Sweden. Love objected to having to personally fund the £1,000 trip to the event in Stockholm, and decided that his time would be better spent attending the West ...

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Councils must record homophobic bullying, say Scottish Lib Dems

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  The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on local authorities to ensure that homophobic bullying is recorded accurately as new figures showed nearly half of Scottish councils do not hold records on incidents of homophobia in schools. While homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in Scottish schools appears to have fallen in recent years, with only 58 reported cases last year compared to 144 in 2011-12, it ...

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Secret papers reveal Catholic Church opposed HIV education in 1980s

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  Formerly classified documents have revealed that the Roman Catholic Church opposed government plans for sex education to combat the growing number of HIV/AIDS related deaths during the 1980s. The Herald reported today that the church effectively “acted as a roadblock to efforts to halt an explosion of deaths in Scotland”. Records of a UK Government committee that was established ...

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Catholic Church in Scotland supports tackling school-based homophobia

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  The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has indicated its support for tackling homophobia in Scottish schools, as the debate surrounding LGBTI inclusive education progresses. A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Scotland, speaking with the Sunday Herald in relation to the objectives of the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign to better equip teachers, stated: “The Church is working with the Catholic Head Teacher ...

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Justine Greening appointed Education Secretary

Justine Greening

Justine Greening, the former Secretary of State for International Development, has been appointed Education Secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet. Ms Greening, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship during this year’s Pride event in London, will also serve as Minister for Women and Equalities. She becomes the first openly LGBTI minister to hold either the education or equalities portfolios, ...

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Theresa May: Libertarian or Authoritarian?

Theresa May

Today David Cameron has stood down as Prime Minister and replaced by former Home Secretary Theresa May, what kind of leadership can we expect? Libertarian or Authoritarian? The woman who popularised the term “the Nasty Party” during a 2002 speech to Conservative conference in which she criticised the “narrow sympathies” of traditional Conservative stances has now become the UK’s second female Prime Minister. ...

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