Monday , 23 October 2017

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Ruth Davidson delivers Amnesty International Lecture: From Scotland with Love

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  This evening Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson delivered the Amnesty International Lecture in Belfast as part of the city’s Pride Festival. Addressing people from across Northern Ireland’s political and faith communities about Scotland’s journey before and after the passing of equal marriage legislation, Ms Davidson leader outlined how equal marriage changed her own life, and those of others across the country. She praised Holyrood ...

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Councils must record homophobic bullying, say Scottish Lib Dems

Tavish Scott

  The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on local authorities to ensure that homophobic bullying is recorded accurately as new figures showed nearly half of Scottish councils do not hold records on incidents of homophobia in schools. While homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in Scottish schools appears to have fallen in recent years, with only 58 reported cases last year compared to 144 in 2011-12, it ...

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Terrorism: Don’t Be Scared, Go Outside

Love and and life is the best answer to terrorism

I think when terrorism and other terrible tragedies happen, fear takes hold of people. In recent history we have seen an attempted coup staged in Turkey. In France an armed man drove a truck through a crowd, killing 84 people. There have been numerous mass shootings in America, including the Orlando attack which cost the lives of 49 LGBTI people. ...

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Justine Greening appointed Education Secretary

Justine Greening

Justine Greening, the former Secretary of State for International Development, has been appointed Education Secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet. Ms Greening, who revealed she was in a same-sex relationship during this year’s Pride event in London, will also serve as Minister for Women and Equalities. She becomes the first openly LGBTI minister to hold either the education or equalities portfolios, ...

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MPs subjected to homophobic abuse from activists

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  Two Labour MPs have been subjected to homophobic threats by political activists, with one of them receiving a death threat. In non-connected incidents Labour MPs Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle have both been on the receiving end of intimidation and abuse of a homophobic nature. Bradshaw, who is the MP for Exeter and openly gay, was sent a racist and homophobic message ...

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Will David Coburn run for UKIP leadership?

David Coburn

  In the wake of Nigel Farage’s latest resignation as leader of UKIP, questions have inevitably been asked as to who his successor might be. Farage yesterday gave a statement in which he said his “political ambition has been achieved” and that he “wants his life back”. He did, however, also suggest he will stand for parliament at the next ...

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Orlando victims remembered at Pride Edinburgh

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  Large crowds attended today’s Pride Edinburgh parade, which paid tribute to the victims of last month’s fatal attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Speeches were made prior to the parade setting off at the City Chambers in which the tragedy was remembered and calls made to “reject the politics of hate and division”. A minute’s silence was also held. The parade took ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does the SNP stand on LGBTI issues?

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In its manifesto, Moving Scotland Forward, the SNP both defends its record in government and makes proposals for building on this record. It argues the best way to protect Scotland and to advance our interests is for people to use both their votes for the SNP. There is a remarkable consensus among most Scottish political parties on many LGBTI issues. ...

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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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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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