Tuesday , 23 July 2019

Tag Archives: Equality Network

Tim Hopkins honoured for LGBTI campaigning

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Tim Hopkins, the director of the Equality Network was today awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh in recognition of his decades of work advancing LGBTI equality in Scotland. Hopkins, who was awarded the honorary doctoral degree (Doctor honoris causa) in a ceremony this morning at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, has been campaigning for LGBTI equality in Scotland for ...

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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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Equality Network launches election priorities survey

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A leading Scottish charity has today launched an election priorities survey to find out which key political issues Scottish LGBTI people would like to be addressed. The Equality Network, a Scottish human rights and equality charity, will be lobbying the various political parties in the lead-up to next year’s election with a view to influencing their policy commitments on LGBTI ...

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Report: Biphobia affects half of UK’s bisexuals

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Nearly half (48%) of bisexual people have experienced biphobia in the UK, and almost for out of ten (38%) said they had experienced sexual harassment, says a new report published today. The ‘Complicated?’ report was launched by the Equality Network, is the first UK wide research report to focus specifically on bisexual people’s experiences of accessing services. It highlights examples of ...

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Proudly Trans International exhibition comes to Edinburgh

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Proudly Trans International exhibition, a unique one day exhibition coming to Edinburgh, explores African and Turkish transgender people’s lives and activism through art. In Africa and Turkey, as in many parts of the world, transgender people face extreme danger and challenges both in their personal lives and in their activist work. Acclaimed South African artist, Gabrielle Le Roux, uses collaborative art processes ...

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Scotland rated best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality

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ILGA-Europe’s ‘Rainbow Europe Index 2015’ annual review places Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK and Europe on legal equality for LGBTI people. Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage last year, Scotland now meets 92% of ILGA’s 48-point criteria for LGBTI equality and human rights legislation Scotland was also ahead of rUK because of more progressive policies on intersex ...

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Scottish LGBT Sports Charter launched today

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A new charter that aims to increase gay and transgender people’s participation in sport has been launched today. Scottish charity, Equality Network, who developed the 20-page document is seeking support from sports clubs and governing bodies to back the charter and tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying in Scotland. The charity extends the call for everyone in sport to endorse the charter, including ...

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Over 500 same-sex weddings have taken place so far

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Over 500 same-sex couples have tied the knot in Scotland since Hogmanay, official statistics show. The Scottish Government has confirmed that, as of yesterday, 507 same-sex marriages have taken place including conversions from civil partnerships. The figures confirm the popularity and success of the new legislation, which allowed for same sex weddings from Hogmanay – and for civil partnerships to ...

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First UK gay pagan wedding held in Scotland

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The UK’s first Pagan same-sex wedding took place in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday as Tom Lanting (34) and Iain Robertson (39) tied the knot. The couple, who have been together for 12 years, are both Hedge Witches and live in Edinbrugh. They were married in front of family and friends in the 16th century vaulted cellars of Marlin’s Wynd by ...

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Scotland celebrates equal marriage

The first same-sex couples tied the knot at the stroke of midnight in Scotland’s first equal marriage ceremonies. The first two weddings both took place at the same time in Glasgow, when Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown (both 42) were married in a humanist ceremony at the Trades Hall, and Susan (54) and Gerrie Douglas-Scott (59), were also married in a ...

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