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William Merrilees and the War Against Homosexuality in 1930s Edinburgh

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While the ‘queer’ life of cities in interwar Britain has attracted a volume of research, this has been overwhelmingly focused upon larger English urban centres. Yet, an absence of research on Scotland does not mean that Scottish towns and cities between the wars lacked a visible queer presence. Quite the opposite, as Edinburgh and Glasgow hosted thriving queer subcultures where ...

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Edinburgh church votes for equality

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An Edinburgh congregation of the Church of Scotland has become the first to implement the new changes to the vacancy process, as confirmed in May’s General Assembly. The Kirk Session of Wardie Parish Church, which describes itself as “a caring community in North Edinburgh” and has been without a minister for two months, voted to allow its Nominating Committee to ...

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Sukkat Shalom at Pride Edinburgh 2015

Sukkat Shalom at Pride Edinburgh By Lobo Chan

Despite a weather forecast of cloud and showery rain, Saturday 20th June brought a good day for this year’s Pride Edinburgh March! Hundreds of people from the LGBTI community, along with their friends and supporters, gathered outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. There were banners of all kinds, shapes and sizes: community banners, LGBT Health & Wellbeing banners and flags, ...

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Hundreds celebrate Pride Edinburgh

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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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Playwright receives award to explore Edinburgh’s LGBT history

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Playwright James Ley received the LGBT History Month Scotland’s Cultural Commissions Award to support him in working on a new play exploring Edinburgh’s LGBT history. The announcement comes, just a head of this Saturday’s Pride Edinburgh festival and parade. Ley will spend the year working on a new play which will be performed during LGBT History Month in February 2016. ...

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Episcopal Church Scotland commits to same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has passed a historic motion that could lead it to commit its clergy to conduct same-sex marriage. The church’s General Synod voted to start a process that will enable it to  “decide whether to bring same-sex marriage into its life theologically and liturgically”. The vote followed a lengthy and detailed discussion on the nature of marriage (theological doctrine committee) ...

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Scottish church considers supporting same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church is to vote next week on whether to set in motion a process for allowing its clergy to wed same-sex couples. Legislation allowing for same-sex marriage came into effect on 31st December 2014, but to date the traditional church denominations have not revisited their own definitions of marriage. Both the Church of Scotland and the Roman ...

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European success “only the beginning” for Thebans

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Caledonian Thebans RFC, Scotland’s national rugby team for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people and their allies, have been crowned runners-up in the ‘Silver Plate’ final of the Union Cup, Europe’s biennial LGBTI championships. Fresh from this success, Thebans are now setting their sights on victory at the 2016 Bingham Cup, the World championships taking place in Nashville, ...

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Kirk stalls on allowing ministers in same-sex marriages

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The Church of Scotland has voted to allow the ordination of clergy in same-sex marriages – but only if its presbyteries agree. Representatives at the Kirk’s General Assembly in Edinburgh, who voted on Saturday to give congregations the opportunity to appoint gay clergy in civil partnerships, made a decision to only extend this to those in same-sex marriages if a ...

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Scottish Tory leader and partner call for Irish same-sex marriage YES vote

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The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, and her Irish partner Jen Wilson, have urged Irish voters to back same-sex marriage in the forthcoming referendum. Ireland will take to the polls on 22nd May in a referendum that appears too close to call, almost two decades after homosexuality was finally decriminalised in the Republic. The issue of same-sex marriage has loomed ...

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