Monday , 16 September 2019

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Lib Dem leader: Tories “trail” on transgender rights

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  Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the Conservatives’ record on transgender rights, claiming that they are “trailing behind” and not responding to public opinion. Mr Farron, writing for the Huffington Post earlier this week, insisted that he hoped evidence of shifting attitudes towards transgender rights would “pave the way for change” from a government that, to ...

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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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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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Lib Dem leader urges change after trans woman sent to male prison

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  The Liberal Democrats’ leader has claimed that the Ministry of Justice should be “dragged kicking into the 21st century” after trans woman Tara Hudson was sentenced to serve 12 weeks in an all-male prison.   Tim Farron, who is the only political leader at Westminster to have commented publicly on the case, said that the current policy in England ...

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Lib Dems vote to tackle anti-trans and intersex discrimination

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  The Liberal Democrats have today voted to approve a policy motion supporting a number of measures aimed at tackling discrimination towards transgender and intersex people. The party’s conference, gathered at Bournemouth and meeting for the first time since the General Election, passed the motion which will now form the basis of both the Transgender and Intersex Health Charter and ...

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Charity launches survey on experiences of non-binary people

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A Scottish charity has launched a survey to find out more about non-binary people’s experiences of using services, their views on legal gender recognition, and their experiences in employment. The Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) –  which works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion within Scotland – has decided to consult with non-binary people as part ...

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SNP candidate suspended over “homophobic” comments

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The Scottish National Party is re-opening selections for the marginal constituency of Renfrewshire South after its candidate was suspended following allegedly homophobic comments about a government minister. Councillor Andy Doig, who currently serves on Renfrewshire Council as the representative for Johnstone North, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch, aimed to overturn Labour’s majority of 2,587 in next year’s Holyrood elections. However, Doig has ...

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Glasgow council leader poised to quit

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The leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson, is set to stand down from his role within the next few days. Matheson, who is openly gay, was initially expected to step down in February 2016 to allow him to concentrate on his campaign to be elected to Holyrood. However, following some dreadful by-election reversals for Labour and criticism of his ...

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Lib Dem leader: blood ban is “stupid”

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The new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has today added his voice to calls to overturn the discriminatory blood donation rules applying to sexually active gay and bi men, people who have injected drugs or those who have had sex for payment. Mr Farron, whose religious beliefs and mixed voting record on LGBTI rights have provided some controversy ...

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