Tuesday , 18 December 2018

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LGBTI activism, started by Ulrichs, is today a 149 years old

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

On the 29 August, 1867 LGBTI activism was born when a journalist and jurist publicly came out and challenged the German Confederation to decriminalise anti-sodomy laws. This act, a 149 years ago, was a courageous and defining moment that would change our understanding of sexuality and human rights forever.  But how did we arrive to this moment?  Who was this ...

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Twitter refuses to host blood drives until gay men can donate

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Twitter has made a decision to refuse to host blood drives at its headquarters as gay and bisexual men are banned from donating. The social media giant, whose premises are based in San Francisco, took the action after one of its employees complained he was recently barred from donating. Twitter took the decision in April, but only announced it publicly ...

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Sex changing tree confuses scientists

Fortingall Church, Perthshire. The yew can be seen to the left of the picture.

The oldest tree in Britain appears to have changed its sex, confusing prominent scientists.   The Fortingall Yew, which is based in a Perthshire churchyard, is estimated to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old and has long believed to be male.   Male yew trees release pollen while female trees produce bright red berries.   However, last month the ...

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Scotland’s Stuart Russell on space programme shortlist

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  Scotland’s Stuart Russell has been named among the 30 Elite Shortlisted for the Kruger Cowne Rising Star Programme. The Rising Star Programme, which launched at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin, aims to catapult one undiscovered leader into space – and into the global spotlight. Taking their search to the next stage, the initiative’s creator, Kruger Cowne, ...

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