Tuesday , 21 February 2017

Features

LGBTI activism, started by Ulrichs, is today a 149 years old

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

On the 29 August, 1867 LGBTI activism was born when a journalist and jurist publicly came out and challenged the German Confederation to decriminalise anti-sodomy laws. This act, a 149 years ago, was a courageous and defining moment that would change our understanding of sexuality and human rights forever.  But how did we arrive to this moment?  Who was this ...

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Interview with Rhys Smith victim of homophobic attack in Edinburgh

Rhys Smith

KaleidoScot, interviews 23 year old Rhys Smith, from Livingston, who explains what happened that night when he was apparently aggressed by a man hurling at him and his friend homophobic abuse. Rhys talks about how this has been to some degree misreported by some of the media saying it made him, initially, scared to come forward and report the incident. ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does Scottish Labour stand on LGBTI issues?

Kezia-Dugdale

Like most other parties competing in the Scottish parliament elections, the Scottish Labour Party is keen to highlight its support for LGBTI equality. Its leader, Kezia Dugdale, recently came out and earlier this week told Pink News she is “quite clearly gay” (also reported in yesterday’s Herald).  Labour’s manifesto has a specific section on LGBTI rights, rather than integrating them ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does the SNP stand on LGBTI issues?

The SNP

In its manifesto, Moving Scotland Forward, the SNP both defends its record in government and makes proposals for building on this record. It argues the best way to protect Scotland and to advance our interests is for people to use both their votes for the SNP. There is a remarkable consensus among most Scottish political parties on many LGBTI issues. ...

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Video Gayming – the Queer world of computer games

VideoGame

  Video games as an entertainment format are still in their infancy. In the 45 year period since the arcade game Computer Space first commercially introduced the concept of playing electronic games on a screen, games have evolved and continued to mature as a medium. Games are now capable of telling rich stories in a uniquely personal way; the player ...

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Why Transgender Day of Visibility is so important

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Today (March 31st) is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), a day when transgender people like myself make ourselves openly visible on social media and elsewhere to stand up as role models and show the world that we are proud of who we are. It’s also a day to show simply that it is OK to be transgender. We also highlight ...

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Holyrood’s intervention regarding LGBTI rights backfires in Ghana

Ghana

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon raised on Friday LGBTI rights with the President of Ghana during his visit to Holyrood. The intervention, uncalled for by LGBTI Ghanaians, has caused a backlash against the LGBTI community and a media moral panic against a “homosexual lobby” trying to allegedly tarnish Ghana’s image and force “unAfrican” habits unto the nation. The Ghanaian leader, John ...

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Named person: A “Snoopers’ Charter” or child protection?

caypa

  The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is due to come into force in August this year, and will require every young person under 18 to have a “named person” who will be a single point of contact for the young person or their parents. The act will require each local authority and health authority to provide a ...

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A Wee Celebrity

Julie Clarke

I’m Julie Clarke. I live and work on the Isle of Coll which is just of the west coast of Scotland, a 3 hour ferry journey from Oban. You’d be right if you thought living on a remote island posed certain challenges as there isn’t the more reliable amenities and services which those living on the mainland enjoy. However being ...

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Alleged incident raises questions about HIV prevention strategy

George Valiotis

  Recent reporting in the mainstream media has highlighted serious problems in relation to HIV prevention. Last week, several outlets reported on the disturbing claim that a man was deliberately infected through unprotected anal intercourse. Inevitably, this has sparked reaction from both the LGBTI community and HIV charities, and raises significant questions about safer sex practices, the legal framework, how ...

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