Sunday , 25 August 2019

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Love wins! Belize anti-gay law struck down

Caleb Orozco and Lisa Shoman

Belize’s Supreme Court has stroke down Section 53, an anti-sodomy law, used against LGBTI people, from the country’s legislation. The ruling is unprecedented and historic throughout the Caribbean and likely to affect other states in the region. According to Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person … ...

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West Lothian LGBTI teen group subjected to homophobia

Boghall Parish Church - google maps image

A group of LGBTI teens were subjected to homophobia, Police Scotland detained and charged four teenagers with hate crime. According to The Herald, the teens were attending a support group at Boghall Parish Church in Bathgate, West Lothian on Thursday last week. According to Police Scotland a number of teenagers started subjecting the group to homophobic abuse when they attended ...

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Congratulations! Kezia Dugdale and Louise Riddell are engaged

Kezia Dugdale and Louise Riddell

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has announced she got engaged to her partner Louise Riddell. In an interview with the Daily Record, Dugdale said she was “utterly thrilled” after getting engaged during a holiday Mallorca. She said: “I’m utterly thrilled to be marrying the love of my life and we can’t wait to start planning.” Dugdale added: “We hope this ...

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Activists call to ban homophobic pastor from visiting Scotland and UK

Pastor Angus Buchan

Activists say South African Pastor Angus Buchan, criticised for misogyny and homophobia, should be banned from visiting Scotland and the UK. The pastor’s visit, who has been invited by the evangelical Hope Church, has come under strong criticism from LGBTI rights advocates. Buchan who is of Scottish origin and originally a farmer from Zambia, preaches to tens of thousands paying ...

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Ruth Davidson delivers Amnesty International Lecture: From Scotland with Love

Ruth Davidson

  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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HIV prevention drug should be offered in Scotland

PrEP

NHS Scotland must start funding HIV prevention drug, says HIV Scottish Charity, following a high court ruling in favour of funding in NHS England. A leading HIV/AIDS charity has won a high court battle over whether a preventative treatment for HIV that charities say that the drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a “game-changer” can legally be funded by NHS England. Following ...

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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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Scottish LGBT poetry book and film backed by awards

Rachel Plummer

A book of poems retelling Scottish myths from an LGBT perspective and a film about a young lesbian with telekinetic powers are to be commissioned as part of next year’s LGBT History Month. Poet Rachel Plummer and filmmaker Helen Wright and have each been awarded £7,000 from Creative Scotland to enable them to produce works which will be unveiled in ...

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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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