Tuesday , 17 October 2017

Tag Archives: Aberdeen

Jackie Kay appointed new Scots Makar

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  Jackie Kay has been appointed the new Makar (Scotland’s national poet) to replace the previous incumbent Liz Lochhead. The word Makar originally referred to the royal or court bard, and was at its height in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Among the poets who held the post at that time were William Dunbar, David Lyndsay and Alexander Scott. ...

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LGBT football teams urge action from Scottish clubs

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  Scottish LGBT friendly football clubs Saltire Thistle FC and Hotscots FC have used the final day of the Football vs Homophobia Campaign and LGBT History Month to urge Scottish football to do more to encourage LGBT participation in football and to create a safe environment for LGBT fans and players. Both clubs, who compete in the UK-wide Gay Football ...

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Aberdeen FC establish LGBT fans group

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  Aberdeen FC have become the first Scottish football club to set up an official LGBT supporters’ group. The new group, which is known as Proud Dons, was launched yesterday by former club captain Russell Anderson and the Rev Scott Rennie, an Aberdeen supporter and the minister of the city’s Queen’s Cross Church. The initiative has come about as part ...

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Scotland’s choice on Civil Partnerships: Discrimination or Equality?

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It is ten years since the first civil partnerships in Scotland, but there is still no equality before the law.  Now, after a rather biased consultation process, the Scottish government is about to make a choice for us.  The anniversary provides as with an opportunity to take a look at the role of civil partnerships in Scotland’s future, and ask: ...

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Aberdeen man shares bloodied Facebook picture after homophobic attack

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A man from Aberdeen courageously shared his experience of a homophobic attack after having been brutally assaulted for being gay. Former Cults Academy student Alexander Lees posted two pictures on his Facebook profile along with a status recounting the homophobic attack, which has now gone viral. Alexander was violently attacked by two guys in Aberdeen’s Nox nightclub, just after midnight, suffering a ...

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Kirk votes to support gay clergy ordination

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The Church of Scotland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to allow local congregations to choose a minister who is gay and in a civil partnership. The Church’s 46 Scottish presbyteries have been consulted on the matter and have spent the last few months voting on the compromise position put forward by the General Assembly in May. 32 ...

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Review: 90’s nostalgia as Big Reunion Boyband hits Scotland

Blue will thrill crowds in Glasgow and Aberdeen this month

Imagine all your 90’s boyband idols in one venue, but you’re no longer a teenager and you’re old enough to drink! That wasn’t a dream for thousands of music fans as The Big Reunion Boyband Tour rolled into Glasgow and Aberdeen this week. The hit ITV show has brought back those popular acts of yester-year that we all remember, like ...

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Aberdeenshire joins Stonewall’s Straight Ally programme

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Aberdeenshire Council has announced its participation in the Straight Ally programme run by equalities charity Stonewall Scotland, on Thursday. The Straight Ally programme aims to promote full equality in the workplace and appoints “Straight Allies’ within organisations as to create a culture where this can happen. As part of the programme, which focuses on supporting LGBTI people in the workplace, ...

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Affirmation Scotland – seeking to create a more inclusive church

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The Rev Lindsay Biddle is a character more colourful than the rainbow flag. A  writer of hymns, blogs and novels, and a Presbyterian minister, Lindsay has experienced first-hand the humanity-diminishing effects of segregation while growing up in the Southern United States. Now ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) – which has recently declared its support for same-sex marriage – Lindsay ...

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A Gay Gael: A review of the first gay poetry collection in Gaelic

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Marcas Mac an Tuairneir’s debut collection of poetry (Deò) is remarkable for a number of reasons, not least that this distinctively contemporary work is written in the ancient language of Scottish Gaelic (usefully, with English translations). Gaelic is a deeply poetic language, lending itself to dramatic emotional expressions, but it is also limited and – indeed – limiting. Mac an ...

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