Wednesday , 19 January 2022


Coming Oot: The fabulous history of Gay Scotland


Narrated by actor Richard Wilson and featuring the voices and faces of those who lived in Scotland when male homosexual behaviour was illegal, last night’s BBC documentary The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland took us on a roller coaster of a journey from the 1950s to the present. In attempting to answer the question of why a nation that seemed ...

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Poetic examination of same-sex love wins top award


  A poet has won the Guardian first book award for his collection of poems exploring the experiences of gay men. Andrew McMillan, aged 27, has become the first poet to win the £10,000 prize since it was established in 1999 with his collection, which is entitled Physical. The Guardian’s books editor and one of the competition’s judges, Claire Armitstead, ...

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LGBTQI Issues in Religion and Faith – Sikhism and Hinduism


It would seem that there are differing opinions regarding homosexuality within both Sikh and Hindu religious traditions. The more strict attitudes appear to have arisen more recently than the original times of the establishment of these Faiths. In Sikhism the Guru Granth Sahib indicated that this was a matter of personal conscience. In Hinduism gender issues were mostly accepted as ...

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Belief Matters ……………. or Not? Diwali – “Festival of Lights”

Diwali Celebrations Diwali is being celebrated this week by members of the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist Faiths. We wish everyone a Happy Diwali! Diwali (or Deepvali) is the celebration of a “Festival of Lights” in the dark Autumn months. Similar festivals of light are celebrated by other Faiths which will see in a few weeks’ time. Diwali marks the ...

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The Fine Art of Fashion – Ilona Royce Smithkin

Ilona Royce Smithkin

  Ilona Royce Smithkin is a Polish-born painter, performer and fashion muse based in New York. At 95 years old, Ilona is inspiring the world through her positive attitude to life, style and creativity. She is involved in many creative projects, including “Advanced Style”, created by Ari Seth Cohen. The project celebrates New York fashion and aims to prove that both ...

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Alyssa Edwards interview: “I’m so honoured to be in Glasgow”

Alyssa Edwards

  Kaleidoscot journalist Andrew Headspeath went to Katie’s Bar in Glasgow to meet the one and only Alyssa Edwards on the first stop of her UK tour. For those of you unfamiliar with Alyssa’s tongue-popping greatness, she is a drag queen who achieved global stardom after appearing on season 5 of reality TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Andrew kiki’d with Alyssa ...

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The Edge of Arabia – Ahaad Adulaziz Alamoudi


  Ahaad Adulaziz Alamoudi is a Saudi Arabian artist who grew up in England. In this interview she discusses her religion, her heritage and what inspires her artwork. Growing up in the UK has greatly influenced her artistic concepts.   What does the Mud in “Ana” (me) represent? The Mud represents human beings. In my artwork I want to portray the ...

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Forgotten Artists – Robert & Robert

The Two Roberts. Photograph: Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

History is packed with homosexual heroes; unfortunately not all make the history books. Robert Colquhoun was a Scottish artist, described by friends as “openly gay at a time it was illegal to be so”. Colquhoun was born in Kilmarnock in 1914 and grew up to win a scholarship, attending Glasgow School of Art. This is where he met his partner ...

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Kaleidosculpture – Jud Bergeron


Jud Bergeron, My Pal Foot-Foot (pile), 2013. (Mark Wolfe Contemporary) Jud Bergeron is a sculptor based in San Francisco. He works in a variety of styles using many colourful, exciting materials but generally gravitates towards permanent materials, such as bronze and steel. His work has been exhibited throughout museums across America and continues to captivate attention from private collectors worldwide.   What is creativity to ...

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Artist of Merit – Natalie J Wood

Natalie J Wood with her Arts In Fife Award 2015

Natalie J Wood is a designer and ceramicist working in Scotland. She recently graduated from art school with a degree in three dimensional design and this year won the first annual Arts In Fife Award. KaleidoScot’s Stuart Russell recently spoke to Natalie about her creative work and found out more about three dimensional design. Tell me a bit about your ...

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