Saturday , 14 December 2019

Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Stonewall Scotland launches Equality Manifesto

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  Stonewall Scotand, the LGBT equality charity, yesterday published its equality manifesto ahead of thiis year’s elections for the Scottish Parliament. The charity will be campaigning on five key areas, hoping to urge political parties to adopt its positions. The “five pillars” on which Stonewall Scotland’s equality manifesto is based are a fit-for-purpose education system in which young LGBT people ...

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Twitter refuses to host blood drives until gay men can donate

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Twitter has made a decision to refuse to host blood drives at its headquarters as gay and bisexual men are banned from donating. The social media giant, whose premises are based in San Francisco, took the action after one of its employees complained he was recently barred from donating. Twitter took the decision in April, but only announced it publicly ...

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A gay Muslim speaks: Why I left radical Islam

Sohail Ahmed

  Sohail’s story is a contribution to the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s on-going LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign, where it gives a platform and voice to LGBT Muslims and ex-Muslims. I was born into a devout Muslim family in East London. My mother wears the niqab and my father keeps a long beard. Both my parents are fundamentalist Salafi-Wahhabi Muslims. I was brought up ...

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European Parliament demands Member States tackle homophobia in Education

The European Parliament has urged all Member States to work to tackle homophobia in schools

  Last week the European Parliament agreed that the European Commission and all Member States should work together to tackle homophobia and transphobia in education. The Parliament approved a report on empowering girls through education, authored by Portuguese Member Liliana Rodrigues, which calls on the Commission to “combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in educational ...

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MPs call for end to LGBTI discrimination

Stewart McDonald MP: "This group has been founded at a crucial time."

The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, yesterday formally launched a new cross-party group to champion intrenational LGBTI equality and rights. The newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBTI Rights is the first of its kind, and includes members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The APPG will take on the ...

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Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies

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  Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats has died aged 55. Kennedy, who won the seat of Ross, Cromarty and Skye for the SDP in 1983, held the constituency for 32 years before losing to the SNP in last month’s General Election. Kennedy was, during his time in parliament, a vocal advocate for LGBT equality. In 1988, ...

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Shaky Bridges – The Eurovision Song Contest

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I have never understood the attraction of The Eurovision Song Contest. It’s not just the cheesy, bland, instantly forgettable songs, sang by cheaply dressed bad novelty acts, or third rate has-beens who all sound terrible even when auto-tuned on a show that is a “reality TV show” on acid, or my lifelong loathing of the band ABBA. My musical tastes ...

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Church of Scotland Moderator to support pro equality Stornoway congregation

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The Moderator of the Church of Scotland is to visit Stornoway and preach to the isles’ congregation who stayed with the church following the gay clergy row. The Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, had previously tried to prevent a split in the congregation of Stornoway High, which was one of the Kirk’s biggest ...

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Scotland backs LGBTI equality at the heart of the Commonwealth Games

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The Scottish government is demonstrating its commitment for LGBTI equality and rights by funding Pride House, at the heart of Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In addition, during the duration of the Commonwealth Games, the rainbow flag will be flown from St Andrews House in Edinburgh. On Tuesday 22 July, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games Shona Robison officially opened Pride House. A ...

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Scotland man ordered to pay £40K for Twitter homophobia

This 2012 mock wedding between Jaye (left) and Ruth Richards-Hill in front of the Scottish Parliament sparked a 3-month cyber-bullying campaign against the participants.

GLASGOW, Scotland — A Scotland man accused of using Twitter to call a former school headmaster and adviser to the Scottish government a pedophile because she campaigned for marriage equality, has been ordered to pay her £40,000 in damages. David Shuttleton, of Barrhead, Scotland, was ordered to pay the damages after engaging in an online attack against education expert Jaye ...

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