Friday , 23 August 2019


UnDividingLines: LGBTI magazine of the Highlands and Islands

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The Highlands and Islands of Scotland now have their first ever LGBTI+ magazine: UnDividingLines. The Highlands and Islands make up one third of the national landmass, are 3 billion years old in parts, and offer a landscape that people travel from around the world to see. There may be the Loch Ness monster but there’s not a single LGBTI+ cafe, ...

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Tim Hopkins honoured for LGBTI campaigning

Tim Hopkins

Tim Hopkins, the director of the Equality Network was today awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh in recognition of his decades of work advancing LGBTI equality in Scotland. Hopkins, who was awarded the honorary doctoral degree (Doctor honoris causa) in a ceremony this morning at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, has been campaigning for LGBTI equality in Scotland for ...

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Safety advice issued for LGBTI travellers


NHS Scotland and Health Protection Scotland have issued an advice statement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) travellers. Noting that attitudes towards LGBTI people “vary significantly around the world”, and that in almost eighty countries homosexuality remains criminal, the organisations are encouraging travellers to carefully research the laws of the countries they are visiting in advance They also ...

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EU Vice President: marriage equality should be legal across Europe

Frans Timmermans

The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, has called for marriage equality to be legalised across Europe. He said that this could be achieved by a legislation that would force member states, who have not legalised marriage equality, to recognise same-sex marriages or unions conducted in other member states. Timmermans made made this statement during an Equality Gala in ...

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“Traditionalist” minister suspended over financial allegations

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  A senior “traditionalist” minister has been suspended by his church following the launch of a police investigation into alleged financial irregularities at his church. The Church of Scotland has confirmed that Rev Douglas Cranston, the minister of St Columba’s Church in Kilmacolm, has been suspended with immediate effect and that it has launched its own internal inquiry. In addition ...

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Personal safety classes offered to LGBTI people

The former Barony St. John's Church

The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety will be offering safety classes to LGBTI communities all over Scotland. This move comes in response to concerns that LGBTI people are often the subject of physical or verbal attacks. The centre’s executive director Alan Bell said: “We will shortly be offering a range of classes which will equip people to defend themselves from ...

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Church moves towards hosting same-sex marriages


A UK-wide Church has taken a signficant step closer to conducting same-sex marriages after a vote at its General Assembly on Saturday. The United Reformed Church, which has 47 congregations in Scotland, discussed how to respond to recent legislative changes in relation to same-sex marriage. The substantive resolution being debated suggested that “it is not possible for the denomination to ...

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Campaign launched for LGBTI education in all Scottish schools

TIE Campaign

A new campaign for LGBTI education as a statutory right in the curriculum of Scottish schools has been launched to tackle homophobic attitudes among young people and to increase the confidence of the LGBTI community. Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) is asking members of the public to sign a Scottish Parliament public petition to convince politicians to support the proposal ...

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Edinburgh church votes for equality

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An Edinburgh congregation of the Church of Scotland has become the first to implement the new changes to the vacancy process, as confirmed in May’s General Assembly. The Kirk Session of Wardie Parish Church, which describes itself as “a caring community in North Edinburgh” and has been without a minister for two months, voted to allow its Nominating Committee to ...

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