Tuesday , 20 August 2019


Stonewall to commit to trans equality


Equality charity Stonewall has today announced that it is extending the scope of its campaigning to include trans equality. The charity, which has previously been criticised for a lack of action on trans issues, has also confirmed that it is making all current campaigns trans-inclusive and is seeking ways of developing new work on issues specific to trans people. Stonewall ...

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Pride Edinburgh – a new identity launched

Pride Edinburgh

Pride Scotia has been rebranded Pride Edinburgh, as part of a new management and will include an exciting range of events this coming June. Following its 10 years of existence, the festival of events, which includes the Pride parade, will now be known as Pride Edinburgh, and has a new visual identity. Pride Edinburgh is planning to attain a charity ...

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Europe may impose sanctions on states discriminating against LGBTI


The European Parliament adopted a report in which it calls for inclusion of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in a future agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, yesterday (Thursday). According to the European Parliament sanctions should follow for those states failing to respect human rights clauses. The Parliament which is elected by citizens ...

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Ayrshire couple have dream wedding


A couple from Ayrshire delighted after not only having a dream wedding, but also making history as part of the first same-sex couple to marry in Ayrshire. Kayley Mackenzie, from Irvine, married Kirsten Snaddon, from Ayr, in the Ayrshire’s first gay marriage on Thursday 29th January. The wedding was conducted at Ayr Registry Office and attended by the couple’s family ...

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First Minister voices support for LGBTI envoy

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has pledged support for the plan to create a special envoy for the promotion of LGBTI rights. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that the SNP would support the move, initially suggested by Ed Miliband, to establish the post as a specific diplomatic role under the jurisdiction of the Foriegn Office. Mr Miliband stated, in March 2014, that ...

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Scotland Law Society allows solicitors to register as gender neutral

The Law Society of Scotland announced on Wednesday that it will now allow solicitors to register using a gender neutral title. The orgnaisation, in charge of Scottish solicitors, has responded to growing use of gender neutral titles to include ‘Mx’ among the option of titles available as part its registration process. Neil Stevenson, director of representation and support at the ...

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Scotland held an inclusive Holocaust commemoration

Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister of Scotland took place in an inclusive Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration ceremony that also paid tribute to LGBTI victims. The event marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 as well as the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. They were organised by the group Interfaith Scotland in partnership with South ...

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Over 500 same-sex weddings have taken place so far


Over 500 same-sex couples have tied the knot in Scotland since Hogmanay, official statistics show. The Scottish Government has confirmed that, as of yesterday, 507 same-sex marriages have taken place including conversions from civil partnerships. The figures confirm the popularity and success of the new legislation, which allowed for same sex weddings from Hogmanay – and for civil partnerships to ...

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Remembering Holocaust Memorial Day


Today various events across Scotland mark Holocaust Memorial Day. From Lewis to Dumfriesshire, thousands of people will remember the estimated eleven million victims of the Nazis’ systematic and brutal killing machine – as well as those who have been killed in subsequent genocides. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend a Holocaust Memorial Day service this evening at Ayr Town Hall, ...

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Church leader calls for gay equality workers to be vetted

David Robertson, one of Scotland's most outspoken anti-LGBTI rights minister and Christian commentator has been named the next Moderator of the Free Church

The moderator-elect of the Free Church of Scotland has called for LGBTI equality workers in schools to be vetted in the same way as chaplains. Commenting in The Herald, Rev David Robertson, the minister of St. Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, suggested groups such as Stonewall should be subjected to the same rigorous checks as chaplaincy staff. His comments follow ...

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