Thursday , 5 December 2019

Tag Archives: LGBT

New group for Renfrewshire LGBT youth


A new community group for LGBTI young people from across Renfrewshire has been launched in Paisley. Run by LGBT Youth Scotland, it’s based in the town’s West Primary School, with meetings held on a fortnightly basis. “The group is great. Everyone is friendly and welcoming,” said one young attendee. The work of the project has been praised by Stephanie Smyth, ...

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Edinburgh man speaks out on harassment


An Edinburgh man has spoken out about a campaign of homophobic harassment that has left him feeling unsafe in his ow neighbourhood. Daniel Donaldson, who has recently been volunteering at the Commonwealth games, says the abuse began with children making relatively mild comments but grew much worse over the school holidays. The children threw stones at his house and smashed ...

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Controversy over police ‘raids’ on sex workers


A new policy under which Police Scotland plans to visit sex workers in their homes has been branded as “draconian” by charity SCOT-PEP, which campaigns for sex workers’ rights. Patrick Harvie MSP has expressed concern and tabled questions about the policy at Holyrood, while the police have defended their position. We spoke to one sex worker, who asked to be ...

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Jamaica: rising to the challenge


Among those countries currently competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Jamaica has received some of the worst press in regard to its record on LGBT rights, but is this fair? We talked to Jamaican activist Latoya Nugent, who works with J-FLAG and is confident that things are getting better. “Jamaica has been characterised by the international media as the ...

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Scott Cuthbertson on equality in action

Scott Cuthbertson

Unsurprisingly, Scott is feeling the strain of the last few days, but he’s upbeat about the work being done. “The biggest thing for us was the conference,” he says, referring to last Friday’s gathering of activists at the University of Glasgow. “We agreed on a statement which was a call to action for activists around the world working together to ...

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LGBTI rights highlighted in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with a gay kiss

John Barrowman's gay kiss at the Commonwealth Games Ceremony

Out actor and musician John Barrowman embraced a male dancer, giving him a kiss during the Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. The Glasgow born celebrity and Doctor Who star kissed the dancer at a mock “Gretna Green” during ceremony, with an announcement was made: “Here’s for Equality in Scotland!” at Celtic Park, Glasgow, last night. The gay kiss ...

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Clegg speaks out on Commonwealth LGBTI rights


Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is in Glasgow today for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, and took the opportunity to speak out on LGBTI rights in Commonwealth countries. Visiting Pride House, he said that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unacceptable. This evening he is expected to raise the subject in his speech at the opening ceremony, celebrating ...

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Getting the word Out There – new anthology released


A new anthology of Scottish LGBTI writing, Out There will be launched in Glasgow this Sunday with a special event at Pride House. Its editor, Zoë Strachan, will introduce readings from contributing authors Jackie Kay, Louise Welsh, Kirsty Logan, Allan Radcliffe and Ryan Vance. Winner of a Herald Angel award for her opera, The Lady from the Sea, Strachan is also ...

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Scotland backs LGBTI equality at the heart of the Commonwealth Games

Pride House Glasgow

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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Taking Pride in being part of a gay family

Nicola Page

What does Pride mean? People from all walks of life are becoming more and more involved in Pride events, including heterosexual couples, banks, political parties and religious groups. One straight person on the march this year was a lady named Nicola Hunter Page. I asked her a few questions about her background and what Pride means to her. I asked ...

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