Saturday , 25 May 2019

Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode is a professional journalist who also edits at Eye For Film and who has written for publications including The Independent, The New Statesman, The Press Gazette, Pink News and Mosaic. Chair of reform charity Trans Media Watch, Jennie is also a member of the Equality Network and the Scottish Transgender Alliance.

Lesbian tennis coach Amélie Mauresmo is one of just three top women

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Nearly five months after Ivan Lendl chose to step back, Scots tennis star Andy Murray says things are going well with new coach Amélie Mauresmo. The lesbian former women’s world number one and double Grand Slam winner is one of only three women coaching top level professionals in the men’s game. Murray, who was originally taught tennis by his mother, ...

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Kava Girls’ cardboard strut for trans issues

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Samoan performers the Kava Girls are organising a parade through Edinburgh on Tuesday to draw attention to trans issues. As they plan to wear little more than cardboard boxes, they seem likely to stand out even in the busy Edinburgh Festival crowds. The ‘strut’ will start with a gathering at St Giles’ Cathedral at 9am and will proceed down to ...

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Travel agents invited to get to know gay tourists

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The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched a new communications system aimed at helping travel agents to connect with gay tourists. Now worth €50bn per year, this section of the market is, they argue, one that operators cannot afford to ignore. “LGBT people are the perfect tourists. We travel more, spend more and are not restricted to school holidays. ...

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Beyond Binaries opens new dialogue on identity

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Tomorrow evening, St John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh will be the site of a panel discussion on the nature of sexual and gender identities. Beyond Binaries: LGBT Voices and the Freedom to Self Identify is part of the Just Festival and is focusing on questions around society’s tendency to categorise everything in binary groups: mean and women, gay and straight, ...

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Comedy writer speaks out on Fringe transphobia

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Comedy writer Ben Alborough has spoken out against transphobia at the Edinburgh Fringe in an article for trade magazine Chortle. Alborough, who attended a free stand-up performance at which a comedian ridiculed the idea of sexual attraction to trans people and talked about ‘shemales’ in pornography, something that many trans people feel diminishes their identities by treating them as sexual ...

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Edinburgh police respond on hate crime

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Last week we at KaleidoScot brought you the story of Daniel Donaldson, an Edinburgh man who has been suffering homophobic harassment in his local area. Today, the Edinburgh Prevention, Interventions and Partnerships Department of Police Scotland got back to us to address ongoing concerns about anti-gay prejudice in the capital. “Police Scotland can confirm they are investigating, a number of ...

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New group for Renfrewshire LGBT youth

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A new community group for LGBTI young people from across Renfrewshire has been launched in Paisley. Run by LGBT Youth Scotland, it’s based in the town’s West Primary School, with meetings held on a fortnightly basis. “The group is great. Everyone is friendly and welcoming,” said one young attendee. The work of the project has been praised by Stephanie Smyth, ...

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Edinburgh man speaks out on harassment

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An Edinburgh man has spoken out about a campaign of homophobic harassment that has left him feeling unsafe in his ow neighbourhood. Daniel Donaldson, who has recently been volunteering at the Commonwealth games, says the abuse began with children making relatively mild comments but grew much worse over the school holidays. The children threw stones at his house and smashed ...

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Gay Aussie diver Matthew Mitcham wins gold

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Fans of Tom Daley didn’t get the victory they were hoping for in yesterday’s Commonwealth Games synchronised dive event in Edinburgh – because he was pipped to the post by gay Australian diver Matthew Mitcham. Mitcham, 26, has previously won gold at the Olympics with a record-breaking score. He took on the sychronised challenge with dive partner Domonic Bedggood, while ...

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Uganda’s anti-gay law struck down

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    The anti-gay law in Uganda has been declared illegal and struck down by the country’s Constitutional Court in Kampala. Despite a petition from campaigners who sought to delay the hearing, the ruling was made at 11:20am Friday (9:20 local time), overturning the legislation that had condemned LGBTI people to life in prison and those accused of harbouring them ...

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