Tuesday , 23 July 2019

Tag Archives: Nicola Sturgeon

Belief Matters … Or Not? Why the gender binary idol is unworthy of worship

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  One of the main positives to emerge from the Scottish parliamentary election campaign so far has been a broad consensus from the main parties on issues of LGBT+ equality. This was highlighted last week at an LGBTI hustings in Edinburgh, hosted by Stonewall Scotland, the Equality Network and the Scottish Transgender Alliance. In some respects this was inevitable and ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will make its own decision on PrEP

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While NHS England shelved plans to offer the HIV-preventative drug, Scotland’s First Minister said the country will decide it’s own position on the drug’s availability. She stated: “I am keen that we take our own decisions and that we debate these issues in parliament and certainly don’t take a view that we will not do things because they aren’t done in ...

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SNP equality commitments draw mixed responses from campaigners

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  Campaigners have reacted to the Scottish National Party’s newly announced series of commitments on LGBTI equality, with some expressing support while others have criticised the proposals for not going far enough. The party has this week unveiled a series of reforms – including reviewing gender recognition laws, training police on hate crime investigation, introducing “refreshed, age-appropriate strategies and resources” ...

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Scottish party leaders to take part in LGBTI Question Time

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Scotland’s five main political party leaders will take part in an LGBTI Election Question Time event this evening in Edinburgh.   The event will be hosted by Scottish LGBTI organisations Stonewall Scotland, The Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and The Scottish Transgender Alliance.     The hustings will be chaired by Louise White, BBC Scotland presenter, and will include the party ...

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Holyrood’s intervention regarding LGBTI rights backfires in Ghana

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon raised on Friday LGBTI rights with the President of Ghana during his visit to Holyrood. The intervention, uncalled for by LGBTI Ghanaians, has caused a backlash against the LGBTI community and a media moral panic against a “homosexual lobby” trying to allegedly tarnish Ghana’s image and force “unAfrican” habits unto the nation. The Ghanaian leader, John ...

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First Minister to discuss “gay rights” with Ghanaian President

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  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today raise issues surrounding rights for people in same-sex relationships with the President of Ghana during his visit to Holyrood. The Ghanaian leader, John Dramani Mahama, is observing First Minister’s Questions during his tour of Scotland, which will see him presented with an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen. Ms Sturgeon has come ...

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Scotland’s choice on Civil Partnerships: Discrimination or Equality?

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It is ten years since the first civil partnerships in Scotland, but there is still no equality before the law.  Now, after a rather biased consultation process, the Scottish government is about to make a choice for us.  The anniversary provides as with an opportunity to take a look at the role of civil partnerships in Scotland’s future, and ask: ...

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Congratulations Scotland: One year to Equal Marriage and counting

Equal marriage came into effect in Scotland a year ago today. Around 2000 same-sex couples have married during the year. Paul Coleshill and Tony Ozell, as well as Scott and David Barclay were one of the first couples in Scotland to convert their civil partnership to marriage at the Glasgow City Council Registration Office as soon as it opened a ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland to fight HIV stigma and prejudice

Nicola Sturgeon's World AIDS Day message

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland stands in solidarity with people living with HIV and against stigma and prejudice. Sturgeon recorded a YouTube video message for World AIDS Day 2015, especially focused on challenging misconceptions and prejudice regarding HIV. In the message she said: “There has been real progress around HIV in the past 30 years – for example ...

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Scotland’s leaders unite in solidarity with people living with HIV

Left to right - Ruth Davidson, Patrick Harvie, Nicola Sturgeon, George Valiotis, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie

Scotland’s political leaders have united in solidarity today with people living with HIV, challenging stigma, prejudice and calling for improved detection. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Green co-convener Patrick Harvie stood side-by-side at the steps to the Scottish Parliament, with HIV Scotland’s CEO, George Valiotis, wearing red ...

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