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Tag Archives: Alyn Smith

Alyn Smith begs EU not to “let Scotland down”

Alyn Smith at the EU Debate

  Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and member of the EU LGBTI intergroup begged European colleagues not to “let Scotland down”, during an emergency debate on BREXIT. Scotland overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU, 62% to 38%, compared with 52% to 48% in the UK overall. Smith has today addressed the European Parliament making clear Scotland’s desire to continue our ...

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BREXIT campaigners exploit Orlando atrocity with “vile” poster

BREXIT poster tweet

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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EU demands inclusion of LGBTI rights in gender mainstreaming

EU Flag

The European Parliament made a strong call to include the well being and rights of LGBTI people in all gender mainstreaming activities. Gender mainstreaming refers to the integration of a gender perspective into the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, regulatory measures and spending programmes, with a view to promoting gender equality and combating discrimination. A key report ...

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LGBTI Middle East activists accuse Cameron of hypocrisy

Not In Our Name

Middle Eastern activists as well as Scottish politicians condemned statements by Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Hilary Benn that said the killing of LGBTI people by Da’esh/ISIL is a reason why air strikes are necessary. In their speeches in the House of Commons yesterday, Cameron said that air-strikes against Da’esh/ISIL are justified because they are “throwing gay people off buildings”. ...

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Leading SNP candidate opposed same-sex adoption

The SNP

  The Scottish National Party has been criticised by equality campaigners after it emerged that one of their leading Holyrood candidates “expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools” and also stated her opposition to both same-sex marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. Sophia Coyle, who is currently serving as a councillor for the Airdrie North ward, has been ...

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Majority in Scotland wish to remain in the EU reveals poll

EU and Saltire

A poll conducted by Yougov has found an overwhelming majority of Scotland’s population wishes to remain in the European Union (EU). The Yougov EUref poll, published earlier this week, showed that 55% of Scots would vote to remain, while 30% to leave.  In Wales the poll found that 42% would vote to remain versus 38% to leave, out of a ...

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Sturgeon: Saudi Arabia’s stance wrong – LGBTI rights are universal human rights

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, Minister Humza Yousaf, Alyn Smith MEP and Stewart McDonald MP have sharply criticised Saudi Arabia’s stance, which now chairs a key UN human rights panel, regarding LGBTI rights. It follows the controversial appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad as Chair of the Five-Member Consultative Group of the UN Council for Human Rights last ...

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European Parliament adds LGBTI rights to neighbourhood policy

European Neighbourhood Policy. Image credit: © Bertelsmann Stiftung

In a major boost to global LGBTI rights, the European Parliament voted on Thursday to emphasise the rights of minorities in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The Parliament emphasised the ENP action plan would “need to focus on strengthening and consolidating … respect for diversity and the rights of minorities, including … the rights of LGBTI persons.” The ENP is how the EU works ...

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EU Vice President: marriage equality should be legal across Europe

Frans Timmermans

The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, has called for marriage equality to be legalised across Europe. He said that this could be achieved by a legislation that would force member states, who have not legalised marriage equality, to recognise same-sex marriages or unions conducted in other member states. Timmermans made made this statement during an Equality Gala in ...

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Hundreds celebrate Pride Edinburgh

Pride Edinburgh

Pride Edinburgh kicked-off at noon with a colourful march outside the Scottish Parliament, as participants made their way through the old town to Potterrow, with a live show as well as a Health and Community fair. Unconfirmed reports estimate that a record number of around 2,000 people are participating in the event. Despite the cool weather turn out was high ...

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