Friday , 23 August 2019

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Church group apologises over same-sex marriage statement

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    A group within the Church of Scotland opposed to same-sex marriage has issued an apology after posting a statement about LGBT rights on Monday, the day following the massacre in Orlando. Covenant Fellowship Scotland, a protest movement set up in 2014 to oppose the Kirk’s proposals to permit congregations to appoint ministers and deacons in same-sex relationships, said ...

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Pride House launches fundraising campaign

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  Pride House Glasgow, which is due to take place during this year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow from 9th – 16th July, has launched a new crowdfunding campaign. Pride Houses are pop up spaces at global sporting events that create a space for lesbian gay bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people to engage with and celebrate the event, to ...

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Scottish Parliament to act on LGBTI equality following Orlando

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  Scottish political leaders have argued that the parliament must advance LGBTI equality, in the wake of shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. During topical questions in the chamber yesterday, commitments to advancing LGBTI inclusion in education and tackling hate crime against LGBTI people were affirmed, after MSPs held a minute’s silence for the victims of the incident. Patrick Harvie, ...

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Hundreds attend Glasgow vigil for Orlando

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    Over 700 people attended a vigil in Glasgow’s George Square last night, in memory of the 49 people brutally killed in an attack on a gay nighclub in Orlando on Sunday. The vigil, organised at short notice largely using social media, lasted an hour – during which the names of all the victims were read by Joanna Branch, ...

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Gay Imam: self-hate not Islam led to Orlando Massacre

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KaledioScot interviews one of the few openly gay Imams, Daayiee Abdullah, who explains that it was probably Omar Mateen’s troubled self-loathing that motivated him to commit the atrocity, not Islam. The interview, led by KaleidoScot’s editor, Dan Littauer, starts with the imam talking about the impact the massacre has and his solidarity and message of peace and against violence regarding the ...

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Scottish Government Publishes Latest Hate Crime Figures

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  The Scottish Government has published Hate Crime figures for 2015 – 2016. The statistics, which show an increase in reported crimes when compared to the previous year, are based on incidents reported to the police. Race Hate incidents remain the largest category, with 3712 incidents reported. However, this is the lowest figure since 2003-04. Most other categories show an ...

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BREXIT campaigners exploit Orlando atrocity with “vile” poster

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Brexit campaigners have been sharply criticised for “vile” claim stating that leaving the EU would prevent an “Orlando style atrocity” in the UK. Hours just after the Orlando massacre the Leave.EU campaign tweeted a poster making the claim that “free movement of Kalashnikovs in Europe helps terrorists.” The poster, depicting picture of ISIL fighters, was captioned: “Act now before we ...

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Scottish vigils planned after Orlando killings

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  Vigils are to be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh after fifty people were killed, and over fifty others injured, during the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The killings represented the worst mass shooting in US history and, as LGBT people were clearly the target, must be seen as a hate crime as well as a terrorist act. There ...

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Scottish Episcopal Church takes step towards approving same-sex marriages

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  Today, the Scottish Episcopal Church’s General Synod voted to approve a proposal to change the Church’s Canon on Marriage. The motion proposed removing a doctrinal clause stating that “marriage is between a man and a woman” and adding a “conscience clause” for clergy whose views on marriage meant that they would not wish to conduct a same-sex marriage. The ...

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MEPs to march at Kiev Pride

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  For the second successive year, a Pride March is scheduled to take place in Kiev this Sunday, 12th June. From the European Parliament, Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup Sophie in ‘t Veld, and members Ana Gomes and Rebecca Harms will be attending Kiev Pride and marching for equality and human rights. Last year’s Pride was attacked twice by far-right ...

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