Friday , 26 April 2019

Tag Archives: Equality Network

Manifesto Watch: Where does the SNP stand on LGBTI issues?

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In its manifesto, Moving Scotland Forward, the SNP both defends its record in government and makes proposals for building on this record. It argues the best way to protect Scotland and to advance our interests is for people to use both their votes for the SNP. There is a remarkable consensus among most Scottish political parties on many LGBTI issues. ...

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SNP equality commitments draw mixed responses from campaigners

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  Campaigners have reacted to the Scottish National Party’s newly announced series of commitments on LGBTI equality, with some expressing support while others have criticised the proposals for not going far enough. The party has this week unveiled a series of reforms – including reviewing gender recognition laws, training police on hate crime investigation, introducing “refreshed, age-appropriate strategies and resources” ...

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Scottish party leaders to take part in LGBTI Question Time

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Scotland’s five main political party leaders will take part in an LGBTI Election Question Time event this evening in Edinburgh.   The event will be hosted by Scottish LGBTI organisations Stonewall Scotland, The Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and The Scottish Transgender Alliance.     The hustings will be chaired by Louise White, BBC Scotland presenter, and will include the party ...

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Police Officers to receive special hate crime training

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Sixty Scottish police officers are being specially trained to help reduce hate crime against the LGBTI community. The officers will be trained to become LGBTI liaisons for Police Scotland by the Equality Network, which hopes to help establish a network of liaison officers within the police service who can be contacted by LGBTI people who have been the victims of ...

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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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Scotland over the rainbow or the “enlightened” myth?

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Scotland’s culture is so overwhelmingly positive towards LGBTI rights, and “enlightened” to the point that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are increasingly attracted to living here. So suggests report in the The National, published on Friday, which claims that findings show that over 30 percent of those identifying as LGB have come to Scotland from elsewhere. The report draws on ...

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What should the campaign for Scottish trans-equality look like?

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  It’s a serious question. In an ideal world there would be a populist mass-movement pressing for positive change as there was for same-marriage, but that isn’t going to happen for trans-equality because there simply aren’t that many of us. With the Scottish Government signalling that it is potentially going to tackle the issue of legislative trans-equality in the next ...

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Campaigners applaud Commonwealth action on LGBTI rights

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Campaigners have expressed their delight at the Commonwealth’s urging of its leaders to deliver human rights for LGBTI people. For the first time the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been included by the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the official civil society gathering held in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Two sessions were ...

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Congratulations! Scotland allows conversion of overseas same-sex civil partnerships into marriages

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Same-sex civil partnerships from outside Scotland can now be converted into equal marriage, from this morning. Couples who have a civil partnership registered abroad or elsewhere in the UK can from today marry in Scotland, thanks to an extension to existing legislation. From Monday 2 November, civil partners registered outside Scotland will be able to change their relationship to a ...

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Scotland’s next census may ask Scots about their sexuality

Scotland's Census

  Sexual orientation may be included in Scotland’s 2021 census for the first time, in order to combat discrimination and promote equality. The plans which are now being considered by the Scottish Government were previously absent due to concerns about personal privacy and “public acceptability” surrounding the topic, reported The Independent. The change was suggested by the body responsible for the census, ...

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