Wednesday , 24 April 2019

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Playwright receives award to explore Edinburgh’s LGBT history

James Ley

Playwright James Ley received the LGBT History Month Scotland’s Cultural Commissions Award to support him in working on a new play exploring Edinburgh’s LGBT history. The announcement comes, just a head of this Saturday’s Pride Edinburgh festival and parade. Ley will spend the year working on a new play which will be performed during LGBT History Month in February 2016. ...

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Scottish government to tackle hate crime

Hate Crime

The Scottish government is meeting minority groups from across Scotland in a bid to tackle with hate crime. The meeting comes following the publication of the latest Crown Office report into “Hate Crime in Scotland” and in advance of a Scottish Government summit planned on hate crime later in the year. Out gay Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment ...

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Mum jailed for faking abortion to give baby to gay friend

Perth Sheriff Court

A mother who attempted to convince her former partner that she had an abortion has been jailed for three years. During the hearing Perth Sheriff Court had heard that the woman, who had planned to give her baby to her gay friend, may have sold her daughter to him because he wanted his own child. The mother and her co-accused, ...

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Glasgow to host Scottish Queer International Film Festival

SQIFF

The first annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) will take place in Glasgow running from 24th to 27th September. The opening event will take place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CAA) with various events hosting other events. The formation of SQIFF was as a result of the growing number of films being made by and for the queer ...

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Hate crime down towards Scotland’s LGBTI community

Hate Crime

Figures show a drop in hate crime based on sexual orientation and gender-identity has dropped from last year, according to Police Scotland. However, sexual orientation aggravated crime is the second most common type of hate crime, behind racism (which dropped from last year) and surpassing ones based on religion, revealed statistics published yesterday by the Scottish government. In 2014-15, 841 ...

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Episcopal Church Scotland commits to same-sex marriage

Scottish Episcopal Church

The Scottish Episcopal Church has passed a historic motion that could lead it to commit its clergy to conduct same-sex marriage. The church’s General Synod voted to start a process that will enable it to  “decide whether to bring same-sex marriage into its life theologically and liturgically”. The vote followed a lengthy and detailed discussion on the nature of marriage (theological doctrine committee) ...

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Irish presbyterians in “gay ministers” boycott

pci

    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has voted to boycott the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in protest at its recent decision to allow congregations to appoint clergy in civil partnerships. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the Church of Scotland’s vote has angered many Irish presbyterian leaders, who accuse their Scottish counterparts of “mov[ing] away from the historic and ...

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Equal Marriage Scotland: Over 800 couples said “I Do”

Gerrie and Susan Douglas-Scott

Over 800 same-sex couples have taken their new right to tie the knot since equal marriage has been legalised in Scotland. Figures just released by National Records of Scotland show that 829 same-sex couples married in Scotland between 16th December 2014 and 31st March 2015. That’s 367 in December, and 462 in January to March. One in eight marriage in Scotland ...

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EU votes for LGBTI rights in EU Gender equality strategy

European Parliament

In a landmark vote, the European Parliament has demanded to include LGBTI rights in a future EU gender equality strategy. Despite pressure from right-wing organisations, the EU Strategy for Equality Between Women and Men Post 2015, known informally as the Noichl Report after its rapporteur Maria Noichl MEP, was passed by 341 votes to 281, with 81 abstentions. The right ...

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Scottish church considers supporting same-sex marriage

stpg

The Scottish Episcopal Church is to vote next week on whether to set in motion a process for allowing its clergy to wed same-sex couples. Legislation allowing for same-sex marriage came into effect on 31st December 2014, but to date the traditional church denominations have not revisited their own definitions of marriage. Both the Church of Scotland and the Roman ...

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