Wednesday , 20 February 2019

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Councils must record homophobic bullying, say Scottish Lib Dems

Tavish Scott

  The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on local authorities to ensure that homophobic bullying is recorded accurately as new figures showed nearly half of Scottish councils do not hold records on incidents of homophobia in schools. While homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in Scottish schools appears to have fallen in recent years, with only 58 reported cases last year compared to 144 in 2011-12, it ...

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“End HIV criminalisation” demand activists

End HIV Criminilisation demand Activists

Over 200 activists called for an end to HIV criminalisation throughout the world saying it unjustly harms and blames HIV positive people, damages prevention strategies and undermines national and international sexual health programs. Earlier during the week some 200 people living with HIV, human rights activists and representatives of key populations gathered for a one-day meeting,  held at Durban South Africa, challenging ...

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Highland LGBT Forum and LEAP Sports Scotland in New Joint Initiative

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A leading Scottish LGBTI sports organisation, LEAP Sports Scotland, and the Highland LGBT Forum have come together in a new joint initiative following a successful bid to the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund. They will be setting up a one year project which will aim to reduce the social, geographic and identity isolation that LGBTI people in the Highlands ...

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Secret papers reveal Catholic Church opposed HIV education in 1980s

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  Formerly classified documents have revealed that the Roman Catholic Church opposed government plans for sex education to combat the growing number of HIV/AIDS related deaths during the 1980s. The Herald reported today that the church effectively “acted as a roadblock to efforts to halt an explosion of deaths in Scotland”. Records of a UK Government committee that was established ...

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David Coburn: “equality Nazis stopped a referendum on gay marriage”

David Coburn

David Coburn, the leader of UKIP in Scotland blamed “equality nazis” for stopping a referendum on “gay marriage” “like in Ireland”. UKIP Scotland’s leader and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) tweeted at Nicola Sturgeon saying: ”I wanted a referendum on gay marriage like Ireland the equality nazis stopped that.” @mjkeatings @SoarAlba59 @theSNP @NicolaSturgeon I wanted a referendum on gay ...

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Study finds zero transmission in mixed-HIV status couples

Partner Study

Ongoing research found zero linked HIV transmissions cases after mixed-HIV status couples had sex 58,000 times without condoms. Heterosexual and gay couples, of whom one was HIV positive and took antiretroviral (ARVs) showed zero cases of infections after having sex without condoms; the study highlighted the power of ARVs ability to curtail the spread of the virus. The Partner study (phase ...

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Catholic Church in Scotland supports tackling school-based homophobia

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  The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has indicated its support for tackling homophobia in Scottish schools, as the debate surrounding LGBTI inclusive education progresses. A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Scotland, speaking with the Sunday Herald in relation to the objectives of the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign to better equip teachers, stated: “The Church is working with the Catholic Head Teacher ...

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Justine Greening appointed Education Secretary

Justine Greening

Justine Greening, the former Secretary of State for International Development, has been appointed Education Secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet. Ms Greening, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship during this year’s Pride event in London, will also serve as Minister for Women and Equalities. She becomes the first openly LGBTI minister to hold either the education or equalities portfolios, ...

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Theresa May: Libertarian or Authoritarian?

Theresa May

Today David Cameron has stood down as Prime Minister and replaced by former Home Secretary Theresa May, what kind of leadership can we expect? Libertarian or Authoritarian? The woman who popularised the term “the Nasty Party” during a 2002 speech to Conservative conference in which she criticised the “narrow sympathies” of traditional Conservative stances has now become the UK’s second female Prime Minister. ...

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Angela Eagle victim of brick and homophobic attacks

Angela Eagle

Angela Eagle has had a brick thrown through the window of her constituency office, as well as receiving abusive phone calls and homophobic slurs on social media. Staff at Eagle’s constituency office in Wallasey, Merseyside are said to have been left “shaken” and called the police after the incident. A message was also left on her House of Commons office answer ...

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