Tuesday , 15 October 2019

Tag Archives: LGBTI Rights

Stonewall: less than half of LGB staff comfortable being “out” at work

Stonewall Scotland

  Stonewall, the LGBT charity, held its Workplace Conference today at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. With over 200 delegates attending, this is the largest Stonewall conference held in Scotland to date. The conference has brought together senior leaders, HR and diversity professionals, LGBT staff and allies from a large cross-sector of organisations to share the latest innovative thinking. Keynote ...

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MSP calls for improved LGBTI rights and AIDS services in Malawi

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  An MSP has called on the First Minister to work with the government of Malwai to help boost LGBTI rights and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment services. Writing to Nicola Sturgeon ahead of World Aids Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has drawn attention to the challenges facing LGBTI people and those with HIV/AIDS living in the African ...

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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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Leading SNP candidate opposed same-sex adoption

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  The Scottish National Party has been criticised by equality campaigners after it emerged that one of their leading Holyrood candidates “expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools” and also stated her opposition to both same-sex marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. Sophia Coyle, who is currently serving as a councillor for the Airdrie North ward, has been ...

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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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Cyprus to introduce civil unions

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  The Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex unions will be legally recognised in the Mediterranean republic for the first time. The House of Representatives voted by 39 to 12 in favour of extending same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same legal rights as civil marriage. However, join adoption rights were not ...

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Ukraine vote gives greater protection for LGBTI citizens

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  Sexual orientation and gender identity have been included as protected grounds in the anti-discrimination section of Ukraine’s revised Labour Code. Effectively, this means that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender will become illegal. This important milestone for LGBTI people in Ukraine was reached when 234 members of Ukraine’s parliament, the Rada, voted to add the anti-discrimination clause ...

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EU critical of Turkey and Western Balkans states over LGBTI Rights

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The European Commission published its annual progress reports on accession states’ progress towards EU Membership, criticising LGBTI rights in some Western Balkans states and Turkey. In his speech to the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Commissioner responsible for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, said the reports have “a strong focus on fundamental rights, including freedom of expression and fighting ...

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Scottish MEP urges Lithuanian parliament to reject unjust bill

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  A Scottish MEP has called on Lithuania’s parliament to reject a bill that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Conservative MEP Ian Duncan, who is also the Vice President of the EU Intergroup on LGBT Rights, has co-written a letter to the Speaker of the Seimas expressing “grave concern” at the content of the bill, and ...

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Scottish Green leadership positions should not reduce gender to two boxes

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The Scottish Green Party has two co-conveners of different genders. I am currently one of these, and am running for re-election. This attempt to balance is based on an important principle. We don’t accept that the work of winning gender equality is won, and so we actively seek to rectify that in our structures. There is, though, a problem. The ...

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