Tuesday , 20 August 2019


Anti gay Saudi to head key UN Human Rights panel

Faisal bin Hassan Trad

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), who opposes LGBTI rights, was appointed to chair a key panel in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Faisal bin Hassan Trad will chair the five-member Consultative Group, a UNHRC panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine global human rights standards. Human rights campaigners from the kingdom and across the ...

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Lib Dems vote to tackle anti-trans and intersex discrimination


  The Liberal Democrats have today voted to approve a policy motion supporting a number of measures aimed at tackling discrimination towards transgender and intersex people. The party’s conference, gathered at Bournemouth and meeting for the first time since the General Election, passed the motion which will now form the basis of both the Transgender and Intersex Health Charter and ...

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Piper silences hate preacher in “most Scottish way possible”

Market Street, St Andrews

  An anonymous busker has been hailed for silencing a preacher expressing anti-LGBTI and anti-Islamic sentiments in St Andrews yesterday. The preacher was using a megaphone to yell out his messages in the town’s Market Street, when the young piper approached the man – apparently to challenge his actions. As the preaching continued, the piper began to play Scotland the ...

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Concern over UK drug-resistant gonorrhoea outbreak

Image of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Bacteria that causes Gonorrhoea

A drug-resistant gonorrhoea outbreak in the north of England has triggered a nationwide public health alert, with concerns that it might spread to Scotland. Fifteen cases of what has been labelled “super-gonorrhoea” have been detected by Public Health England (PHE) since March, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV reported (BASHH). The first cases were reported in Leeds with ...

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Scotland’s Stuart Russell on space programme shortlist


  Scotland’s Stuart Russell has been named among the 30 Elite Shortlisted for the Kruger Cowne Rising Star Programme. The Rising Star Programme, which launched at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin, aims to catapult one undiscovered leader into space – and into the global spotlight. Taking their search to the next stage, the initiative’s creator, Kruger Cowne, ...

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Charity launches survey on experiences of non-binary people


A Scottish charity has launched a survey to find out more about non-binary people’s experiences of using services, their views on legal gender recognition, and their experiences in employment. The Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) –  which works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion within Scotland – has decided to consult with non-binary people as part ...

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European Parliament demands Member States tackle homophobia in Education

The European Parliament has urged all Member States to work to tackle homophobia in schools

  Last week the European Parliament agreed that the European Commission and all Member States should work together to tackle homophobia and transphobia in education. The Parliament approved a report on empowering girls through education, authored by Portuguese Member Liliana Rodrigues, which calls on the Commission to “combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in educational ...

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Priest suspended following harassment claim

St Aidan's Church

  A Catholic priest has been suspended from his post after the church received a complaint that he harassed a former altar boy. Father Frank King, 50, who has been serving as the parish priest at St Aidan’s Church in Wishaw, was reproached by the Bishop of Motherwell after Tony Moore, now 29, alleged he received a number of inappropriate ...

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Tens of thousands show solidarity with refugees across Scotland

Glasgow Sees Syria at George Square

Tens of thousands of people have attended candlelight vigils across Scotland showing solidarity with and welcoming refugees from Syria and elsewhere who are victims of conflicts and wars. Collection centres have been set up all over Scotland – cities, towns, villages, islands have all put in motion a network of people, transport and places where donations of clothing, food and ...

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KaleidoScot among LGBTI Icon Awards Finalists

The Icon Aawrds logo_19.2.15

A KaleidoScot journalist has been named in a list of shortlisted candidates for the inaugural Icon Awards. The shortlist has been released today after an astonishing 20,000 public votes were cast in the online ballot, with KaleidoScot’s Andrew Page has been confirmed as a finalist in the Journalist of the Year category alongside Peter Ross (Scotland on Sunday), Vicky Allan ...

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