Monday , 21 October 2019

Tag Archives: russia

Campaigners warn against complacency as Scotland rated top for LGBTI rights


Campaigners have insisted that there is more for the Scottish and UK parliaments to do on LGBTI rights, while cautiously welcoming Scotland’s rating as the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality, human rights and protective legislation. The European lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisation ILGA-Europe has revealed today, at the fourth annual conference to mark International Day ...

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European Parliament urges member states to speak out on LGBTI rights

European Parliament

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament has urged its member states to speak up for LGBTI rights and equality internationally. In what is effectively a recommendation from the Parliament to EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the resolution expressed its concern in relation to “discriminatory laws and practices and ...

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St Andrew – a saint who stood up for minorities?

Scottish Flag

  Today is St Andrew’s Day, a day in which many us take a great deal of pride – including our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who has today claimed our patron saint was a champion of minorities and the oppressed. But how did St Andrew come to be associated in Scotland, and what lessons can be learned from his life ...

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Flee the City – Nikolai Tolstyh

Nikolai Tolstyh

We catch up with Nikolai Tolstyh who is a Russian artist and craftsman who is re-defining the art of the stencil. Nikolai uses photography to capture detailed paper silhouettes within nature. His work often depicts animals in their natural environments. I spoke to Nikolai about his work and influences.   KaleidoScot: What inspires your work? I am always looking for inspiration in nature. The colours, ...

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10 minutes with Conchita Wurst


  Conchita Wurst needs little introduction. The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Winner became an instant inspiration for the millions who took to heart the message of Rise Like a Phoenix – and the respect and tolerance at the heart of her performance. Indeed, Conchita has become something of an icon for LGBTI communities across Europe and has performed at several ...

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European leader labels Russian laws “wrong and out of date”

Thorbjørn Jagland:

  The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has today described Russian laws banning “homosexual propaganda” as “completely wrong and out of date”. Jagland, who is a former Norwegian Prime Minister and a one-time advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, has been a consistent advocate of LGBTI equality and has previously insisted Russia allows its LGBTI ...

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Harry Whyte: The Gay Scot who Challenged Stalin

Whyte challenged Stalin's 1933 recriminalising male homosexuality

Harry Otter Whyte was a remarkable Scot who played an exception and little known role in homosexual rights in the Soviet union, challenging none other than Joseph Stalin himself. Harry Otter Whyte (1907-1960) is a name most Scots will be unfamiliar with. Yet Whyte, the son of a house painter from Edinburgh, occupies an interesting position in the homosexual rights movement, ...

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Shaky Bridges – The Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2015

I have never understood the attraction of The Eurovision Song Contest. It’s not just the cheesy, bland, instantly forgettable songs, sang by cheaply dressed bad novelty acts, or third rate has-beens who all sound terrible even when auto-tuned on a show that is a “reality TV show” on acid, or my lifelong loathing of the band ABBA. My musical tastes ...

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