Tuesday , 18 December 2018

Tag Archives: History

LGBTI activism, started by Ulrichs, is today a 149 years old

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

On the 29 August, 1867 LGBTI activism was born when a journalist and jurist publicly came out and challenged the German Confederation to decriminalise anti-sodomy laws. This act, a 149 years ago, was a courageous and defining moment that would change our understanding of sexuality and human rights forever.  But how did we arrive to this moment?  Who was this ...

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Tour Rocks Glasgow

RuPaul

  Eight queens (including Michelle Visage) rocked Glasgow’s O2 ABC last week in Ru Paul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Extravaganza Tour. The tour sees host, Michelle Visage and contestants from the hit US television show Ru Paul’s Drag Race perform on the world stage, making the art of drag known. The show was anything but a drag, everything ...

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Highlands celebrate LGBT History Month

lgbthist

  A successful event was held in the Highlands last week to mark LGBT History month – and another will be staged tomorrow. The Highland LGBT Writers’ Group, which has received funding from LGBT Youth Scotland to commemorate LGBT History Month, has facilitated both events and hopes to host similar cultural and historic attractions in future years. Last Saturday (20th ...

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Dating Apps, WCs, PCs, and the Rise and Fall of Cruising

A West End Cottage

Recent studies have suggested that LGBT-dating ‘apps’ have a significant effect on the way in which people interact or seek sexual or romantic partners. With the launch of your ‘app’; be it Gaydar or Grindr (amongst many others) you are presented with profiles, locations and concise biographies which set the parameters of potential assignations. In Australia the availability of these ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? The Winter Festival of Yule

Yule Log - from Bianchis Barn

Celebration of the Winter Solstice The Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) was originally around the 15th December but is now celebrated between 20th and 23rd December depending on the year in the Gregorian Calendar. Traditionally the 21st December is the shortest day of the year and the darkest and the beginning of the new solar year. Yule is also ...

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Coming Oot: The fabulous history of Gay Scotland

kilts

Narrated by actor Richard Wilson and featuring the voices and faces of those who lived in Scotland when male homosexual behaviour was illegal, last night’s BBC documentary The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland took us on a roller coaster of a journey from the 1950s to the present. In attempting to answer the question of why a nation that seemed ...

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“Visible to change attitudes” – 25 years of the Gay Police Association

Alan Sneddon

  A great deal has happened since the Gay Police Association (GPA) was founded in 1990. Indeed, it is difficult – and sometimes painful – to reflect on just how different societal attitudes were towards LGBTI rights 25 years ago, or the struggles our community has had to endure to arrive at where we are now. Acceptance seldom comes easily, ...

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The Sad End of Hector MacDonald

Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald (1853–1903), KCB, DSO by Ernest H. Longdon.

‘Fighting Mac’, Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald, Knight Commander of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order, Aide de Camp, Doctor of Laws, was a name on everyone’s lips in the closing years of Victoria’s reign. Born near the Highland village of Conon Bridge in 1853, he joined the ‘Gay Gordons’ as a teenager, commencing a meteoric rise through army ranks ...

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BBC Scotland to produce a show on Scottish LGBTI history

BBC Scotland

Hopscotch Films have been commissioned by BBC Scotland to produce a 60 minute documentary that tells the post war LGBTI history of the country. The documentary will use interviews, archived clips, music and memorabilia to tell the stories of Scotland’s LGBTI people. The BBC hopes to broadcast the show at the end of November, on St Andrew’s Day. Over the ...

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Harry Whyte: The Gay Scot who Challenged Stalin

Whyte challenged Stalin's 1933 recriminalising male homosexuality

Harry Otter Whyte was a remarkable Scot who played an exception and little known role in homosexual rights in the Soviet union, challenging none other than Joseph Stalin himself. Harry Otter Whyte (1907-1960) is a name most Scots will be unfamiliar with. Yet Whyte, the son of a house painter from Edinburgh, occupies an interesting position in the homosexual rights movement, ...

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