Tuesday , 20 August 2019


Saudi Arabia opposes LGBTI rights inclusion in UN development goals

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia said it objects to the inclusion of LGBTI rights in the United Nations’ (UN) new agenda for global development because it runs “counter to Islamic law.” The UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday, calling for development agreements in fields ranging from healthcare to economic equity. Some targets, which relate to universal access to reproductive healthcare ...

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Scot wins UK transgender pageant


  A young Scot emerged victorious in the final of the UK’s first transgender pageant. Jai Latto, 22, from Walkerburn in the Scottish borders, won the inaugural Miss Transgender UK title in an eventful final in London on Sunday. Jai, one of two Scottish finalists and the winner of the Scottish regional heat, was confirmed as the victor following over ...

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Sturgeon: Saudi Arabia’s stance wrong – LGBTI rights are universal human rights

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, Minister Humza Yousaf, Alyn Smith MEP and Stewart McDonald MP have sharply criticised Saudi Arabia’s stance, which now chairs a key UN human rights panel, regarding LGBTI rights. It follows the controversial appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad as Chair of the Five-Member Consultative Group of the UN Council for Human Rights last ...

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Woman experiences transphobic abuse at Specsavers


  A woman has told how her partner was left “in tears” after being subjected to transphobic abuse by a member of staff at a Specsavers store in Livingston, reports the Metro. Pauline and her fiancée Jess, who has been living as a woman for almost a year, were attending the Livingston branch of Specsavers for a routine eye test ...

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New football league aims to challenge homophobia


A new football league has been founded with the aim of creating a safe environment free from racism, sectarianism and homophobia. The Glasgow Community and Cooperative League, whose first round of fixtures were played earlier this month, was established to allow “sides from across west central Scotland to take part regardless of age or ability, but more importantly, regardless of ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland says NO to scrapping the Human Rights Act

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, warned that the Scottish Government will block any attempt by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and weaken the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) that is embedded within it. In a speech she said the responsibility for the Human Rights Act is with the UK parliament but ECHR and human ...

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European leader labels Russian laws “wrong and out of date”

Thorbjørn Jagland:

  The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has today described Russian laws banning “homosexual propaganda” as “completely wrong and out of date”. Jagland, who is a former Norwegian Prime Minister and a one-time advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, has been a consistent advocate of LGBTI equality and has previously insisted Russia allows its LGBTI ...

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Take pride in Bi Visibility Day


  Today is Bi Visibility Day – which, since 1999, has been a day to celebrate and recognise bisexuality (and pansexuality), the bisexual community and bisexual history. Initially set up by three activists in the USA – Wendy Curry, Michael Page and Gigi Raven Wilbur – to challenge what they considered to be “bi invisibility”, Bi Visibility Day is now ...

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Stewart McDonald: Remove Saudi Arabia from UN Human Rights Panel

Stewart McDonald

A Scottish National Party MP has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging the UK government to push for the removal of Saudi Arabia as chair of a key UN human rights panel. The call from Stewart McDonald MP follows stinging criticism of the UN, UK and Scottish governments by leading human rights campaigners over the controversial appointment of Faisal ...

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Scottish Government launch biased consultation on civil partnership

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government have today published their consultation on the future of civil partnership, outlining three options but stating they are not in favour of full equality. Equality and human rights campaigners have expressed their surprise and disappointment with the government’s bias against full equality in its consultation. The Scottish government outlined three options: 1) civil partnership would remain available for ...

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