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Tag Archives: Scotland

Scottish Green leadership positions should not reduce gender to two boxes

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The Scottish Green Party has two co-conveners of different genders. I am currently one of these, and am running for re-election. This attempt to balance is based on an important principle. We don’t accept that the work of winning gender equality is won, and so we actively seek to rectify that in our structures. There is, though, a problem. The ...

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Glasgow charitable bake sale sabotaged by hidden dildo

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Glasgow City Council has launched an investigation after a charity bake sale was sabotaged by the discovery of a dildo lodged in a cake. The charity cake sale took place in Glasgow City Council’s offices in John Street on Friday, to raise cash for a Romanian orphanage, to which a city council employee has links to. However, an “extra” hidden ingredient, lodged ...

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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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Scottish Trans Muslim woman attacked in broad daylight in public view

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An assault on a Muslim Scottish trans woman, in broad day light with the public passively looking, highlights the need for support to LGBTI Muslims in Scotland, argues Tehmina Kazi. “Why are you taking my picture? “Why are you taking my picture?” A Scottish male with a khaki baseball cap and black jacket hisses at the camera, swinging a kick at ...

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Forgotten Artists – Robert & Robert

The Two Roberts. Photograph: Baron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

History is packed with homosexual heroes; unfortunately not all make the history books. Robert Colquhoun was a Scottish artist, described by friends as “openly gay at a time it was illegal to be so”. Colquhoun was born in Kilmarnock in 1914 and grew up to win a scholarship, attending Glasgow School of Art. This is where he met his partner ...

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Record numbers attend Europe’s largest annual LGBTI rugby event

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  A record number of players and supporters will descend on Edinburgh this weekend, as Caledonian Thebans RFC, Scotland’s leading rugby team for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people and their allies, host their 12th annual “Rugby Clinic” in association with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). Taking place at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium, the Rugby Clinic will bring together ...

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Scottish Greens pass cutting-edge LGBTI Policy

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The annual conference of the Scottish Green Party (SGP) in the SECC, Glasgow, passed two major trailblazing policy motions on LGBTI+ rights and health. The convention passed the first policy unanimously and the second with an overwhelming majority. Written by Anna Crow, current co-convenor of the SGP’s LGBTI+ group, the Rainbow Greens, and by Dan Heap, one of the outgoing co-convenors, ...

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Scotland must end homophobia in schools say campaigners

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Campaigners demand Holyrood take action to an end to school homophobia, bullying, sexism and bigotry which has become a “national disgrace.” The TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign will ask the key Public Petitions Committee of Holyrood to ensure that Scotland’s schools foster a nurturing and inclusive environment which would eradicate hate and prejudice directed at LGBTI+ youth. The campaign ...

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Charity Champions: who will you nominate?

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  An awards scheme for the charitable sector is asking Scottish LGBTI people to nominate deserving causes, organisations and individuals.   The Charity Champions Awards, which are supported by digital strategists We are AD, were created to celebrate and reward the work being done across Scotland by people within Scotland’s third sector.   The awards’ organisers have partnered with the ...

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Intersex Awareness Day – the right to be yourself and not be mutilated

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Today’s Intersex Awareness Day highlights the right of intersex people not to have their bodies mutilated and to underscore the fact that they exist and need to be accepted and respected. An intersex person is born with some of their biological sex characteristics varying from what is typically considered clearly male or female. Intersex people represent a significant percentage of the ...

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