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Activists call to ban homophobic pastor from visiting Scotland and UK

Pastor Angus Buchan

Activists say South African Pastor Angus Buchan, criticised for misogyny and homophobia, should be banned from visiting Scotland and the UK. The pastor’s visit, who has been invited by the evangelical Hope Church, has come under strong criticism from LGBTI rights advocates. Buchan who is of Scottish origin and originally a farmer from Zambia, preaches to tens of thousands paying ...

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Scottish LGBT poetry book and film backed by awards

Rachel Plummer

A book of poems retelling Scottish myths from an LGBT perspective and a film about a young lesbian with telekinetic powers are to be commissioned as part of next year’s LGBT History Month. Poet Rachel Plummer and filmmaker Helen Wright and have each been awarded £7,000 from Creative Scotland to enable them to produce works which will be unveiled in ...

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Interview with Rhys Smith victim of homophobic attack in Edinburgh

Rhys Smith

KaleidoScot, interviews 23 year old Rhys Smith, from Livingston, who explains what happened that night when he was apparently aggressed by a man hurling at him and his friend homophobic abuse. Rhys talks about how this has been to some degree misreported by some of the media saying it made him, initially, scared to come forward and report the incident. ...

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Scotland backs LGBTI organisations and groups

Pink Saltire

The Scottish Government has committed nearly £5 million towards services that support LGBTI organisations since 2011, it has been revealed. The figures have been released as Edinburgh’s annual Pride attracted thousands of participants marching in support of equal rights and against discrimination. The level of funding was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, ...

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Alyn Smith begs EU not to “let Scotland down”

Alyn Smith at the EU Debate

  Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and member of the EU LGBTI intergroup begged European colleagues not to “let Scotland down”, during an emergency debate on BREXIT. Scotland overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU, 62% to 38%, compared with 52% to 48% in the UK overall. Smith has today addressed the European Parliament making clear Scotland’s desire to continue our ...

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Church group apologises over same-sex marriage statement

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    A group within the Church of Scotland opposed to same-sex marriage has issued an apology after posting a statement about LGBT rights on Monday, the day following the massacre in Orlando. Covenant Fellowship Scotland, a protest movement set up in 2014 to oppose the Kirk’s proposals to permit congregations to appoint ministers and deacons in same-sex relationships, said ...

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Scottish Parliament to act on LGBTI equality following Orlando

Minute Silence in Chamber

  Scottish political leaders have argued that the parliament must advance LGBTI equality, in the wake of shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. During topical questions in the chamber yesterday, commitments to advancing LGBTI inclusion in education and tackling hate crime against LGBTI people were affirmed, after MSPs held a minute’s silence for the victims of the incident. Patrick Harvie, ...

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Scottish Episcopal Church takes step towards approving same-sex marriages

Scottish Episcopal Church

  Today, the Scottish Episcopal Church’s General Synod voted to approve a proposal to change the Church’s Canon on Marriage. The motion proposed removing a doctrinal clause stating that “marriage is between a man and a woman” and adding a “conscience clause” for clergy whose views on marriage meant that they would not wish to conduct a same-sex marriage. The ...

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Campaigners warn against complacency as Scotland rated top for LGBTI rights

ilga

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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Transgender woman completes 32 mile charity walk in high heels

Jai Latto (left) during her 10-hour, 32-mile walk

A Scottish transgender woman has completed a 32-mile walk in four inch high heels to raise money for charity. Jai Dara Latto, from Walkerburn in the Scottish borders, walked the entire distance from her home town to Edinburgh Castle on Saturday in order to support the work of three LGBTI charities: the Sahodari foundation (an Indian campaign and support network), the ...

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