Wednesday , 22 May 2019

Tag Archives: police

Journalist claims same-sex marriage responsible for Brexit as hate crimes rise


  A tabloid journalist has claimed that British voters would have chosen to remain in the EU if the Prime Minister had not legislated for same-sex marriage. Daily Mail columnist Dominic Lawson, who is the son of former Conservative chancellor and Brexit campaigner Nigel Lawson, made the stunning claim in an article yesterday, in which he argued that “the apparently unrelated matters” of EU ...

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SNP equality commitments draw mixed responses from campaigners

Nicola Sturgeon

  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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Police Officers to receive special hate crime training


Sixty Scottish police officers are being specially trained to help reduce hate crime against the LGBTI community. The officers will be trained to become LGBTI liaisons for Police Scotland by the Equality Network, which hopes to help establish a network of liaison officers within the police service who can be contacted by LGBTI people who have been the victims of ...

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Coming Oot: The fabulous history of Gay Scotland


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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“Say something nice about me” – a tribute to Warren


Before he died in May 1994 he asked us to “say something nice about me.” We did, producing a booklet with comments from his many friends, acquaintances, colleagues, carers and others – those who had become better people as a result of knowing him. I was one of those people. Warren Wiesner was a key figure in lesbian and gay ...

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Scottish swimming champion announced as LEAP Sports patron


  Team Scotland 2014 Swimmer Martin Cremin has been announced as patron of an award winning sports charity. LEAP Sports Scotland – which works to remove the barriers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people often experience in accessing, participating, and excelling in sport  -has announced that the swimmer is to become the first official patron of the charity. As ...

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William Merrilees and the War Against Homosexuality in 1930s Edinburgh


While the ‘queer’ life of cities in interwar Britain has attracted a volume of research, this has been overwhelmingly focused upon larger English urban centres. Yet, an absence of research on Scotland does not mean that Scottish towns and cities between the wars lacked a visible queer presence. Quite the opposite, as Edinburgh and Glasgow hosted thriving queer subcultures where ...

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Mum-to-be “planned to sell baby to gay friend”

Perth Sheriff Court

A Scottish court has heard that an expectant mother concocted a complex lie to convince her partner she had terminated her pregnancy in order to “sell her baby to her gay friend”, reports the Daily Record. Perth Sheriff court heard evidence that suggested the woman, aged 29, had hoped to make between £100 and £300 for the sale of her ...

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Two sentenced for homophobic attack

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Two men who brutally assaulted a gay couple in Glasgow almost two years ago were sentenced to jail yesterday at the city’s Sheriff Court. STV News reported that Calvin McLelland, 20, from Coatbridge and James Knot, 16, from the Gorbals, both pleaded guilty to assault aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation. Both have been given prison sentences of nine ...

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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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