Wednesday , 26 June 2019

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Religious leader calls for an end to homophobia in schools

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  A Scottish Episcopal priest has called for an end to homophobia in schools and has publicly endorsed the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, the provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, has spoken of the need for fully inclusive education in Scotland’s schools. TIE has been campaigning for the Scottish Government to adopt ...

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URC gives local churches autonomy to conduct same-sex marriages

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  Yesterday the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) voted in favour of giving its local churches the right to conduct and register same-sex marriages. The motion, which required a two-thirds majority, was passed by a majority of 240 to 21, with 4 abstentions. This means that the URC is now the largest UK denomination to freely permit the celebration and registration of ...

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MPs subjected to homophobic abuse from activists

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  Two Labour MPs have been subjected to homophobic threats by political activists, with one of them receiving a death threat. In non-connected incidents Labour MPs Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle have both been on the receiving end of intimidation and abuse of a homophobic nature. Bradshaw, who is the MP for Exeter and openly gay, was sent a racist and homophobic message ...

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Gay man suffers homophobic abuse after Pride Edinburgh

Bus passenger hurls homophobic abuse at Rhys Smith

A gay man has posted a video recording a man hurling homophobic abuse at him and a friend on a bus as they returned from Pride Edinburgh. Speaking with KaleidoScot, Rhys Smith, from Livingston, said the man started the verbal attack about a minute before he started recording the incident. Smith and his friend Kerri-Jayne were returning into town having been ...

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Will David Coburn run for UKIP leadership?

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  In the wake of Nigel Farage’s latest resignation as leader of UKIP, questions have inevitably been asked as to who his successor might be. Farage yesterday gave a statement in which he said his “political ambition has been achieved” and that he “wants his life back”. He did, however, also suggest he will stand for parliament at the next ...

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European court: gay couples must be granted residency permits

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that a refusal by Italy to grant residency right to one partner in a same-sex couple is illegal. The ruling will now affect all countries signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights and members of the Council of Europe. ECHR ruled in Taddeucci and McCall v Italy, that the refusal to ...

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Out in Glasgow to establish new Edinburgh group

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The committee of Out in Glasgow (OIG) – a relaxed inclusive professional networking group for LGBTI people, their friends, colleagues and allies to meet in the Glasgow area – is planning to establish a new Out in Edinburgh group. OIG was formed three years ago by a small group of people interested in supporting like-minded individuals to meet, share best practice and ...

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Orlando victims remembered at Pride Edinburgh

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  Large crowds attended today’s Pride Edinburgh parade, which paid tribute to the victims of last month’s fatal attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Speeches were made prior to the parade setting off at the City Chambers in which the tragedy was remembered and calls made to “reject the politics of hate and division”. A minute’s silence was also held. The parade took ...

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Scotland backs LGBTI organisations and groups

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The Scottish Government has committed nearly £5 million towards services that support LGBTI organisations since 2011, it has been revealed. The figures have been released as Edinburgh’s annual Pride attracted thousands of participants marching in support of equal rights and against discrimination. The level of funding was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, ...

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UN council creates LGBTI rights watchdog

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  The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed yesterday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect LGBTI people worldwide from discrimination and violence. Following a four-hour long debate, which was at times quite heated with Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries expressing strong opposition, the council agreed to accept a resolution to create an “independent expert” to help protect “against violence ...

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