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European Parliament adds LGBTI rights to neighbourhood policy

European Neighbourhood Policy. Image credit: © Bertelsmann Stiftung

In a major boost to global LGBTI rights, the European Parliament voted on Thursday to emphasise the rights of minorities in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The Parliament emphasised the ENP action plan would “need to focus on strengthening and consolidating … respect for diversity and the rights of minorities, including … the rights of LGBTI persons.” The ENP is how the EU works ...

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Ruth Davidson: I want to marry my girlfriend in Ireland

Ruth Davidson

Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson, said she would like to marry her partner in Ireland if the country votes for marriage equality. During a joint radio interview with her partner Jen Wilson, her Irish partner, Davidson said they woul d like to get married in Ireland and that Wilson is “desperate” for a Yes vote on Friday. ...

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SNP has highest percentage of gay and lesbian candidates

The SNP

A KaleidoScot survey shows the Scottish National Party (SNP) has the highest number and percentage of out gay and lesbian candidates of any Scottish political party. Eight percent of the SNP candidates identify as out gay or lesbian, followed by six percent of the Scottish Green Party (SGP), five percent of Scottish Liberal Democrat Party (SLDP), five percent of Scottish ...

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The Conservative Party Manifesto and LGBT issues

Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Conservative Party Manifesto was launched by Ruth Davison with a flourish in Glasgow earlier this week. Recent legislature moves by the past administration saw the adoption of marriage equality onto the statutes of the United Kingdom, but not Northern Ireland, and might lend the belief that a future Tory administration would continue that pioneering approach to LGBT civil ...

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Scottish Tory leader’s partner features in election broadcast

Jen Wilson and Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson, Scottish Tory leader, has released a party political election broadcast, where she features along with her partner, Jen Wilson, and parents, reported The Telegraph. In the party political broadcast Ruth Davidson talks about family values and the virtues of work, along with shots of her parents at the modest kitchen of their working-class Fife home. “There’s a myth ...

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Why Scotland did not fly the flag half-mast for King Abdullah

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Scottish government buildings did not fly the Saltire or the Union Jack half-mast following the death of King Abdullah of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, although an official condolences statement was issued. This despite UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sending out a request to do so. According leading Scottish politicians this was done to pay respects to ...

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Tory MSP: Ordaining gay minsters to “weaken” Church of Scotland

Alex Johnstone MSP

Alex Johnstone MSP has claimed giving congregations the discretion to appoint gay ministers would “ultimately weaken” the Church of Scotland, reported Press and Journal. Members of the Church of Scotland and equality campaigners have criticised the MSP, saying that as a politician he must not try and interfere with Church matters and try to influence the vote. Johnstone, who is ...

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Scots parliament hears call for statutory sex education

Jack and Rebecca of Sexpression:UK at Holyrood

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee has agreed to take forward a petition to the Scottish government to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) compulsory in Scottish Primary and Secondary schools. The petition that was put forward on Tuesday by the student network Sexpression:UK to Holyrood, garnered 1096 signatures and backed by 33 organisations, most notably BMA Scotland, THT Scotland, HIV ...

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Party leaders pledge LGBTI rights regarding Scotland’s referendum results

Scottish Referendum

Leaders of the main political parties in Scotland have outlined their party’s commitments to advancing LGBTI equality following each potential outcome of the Scottish Independence referendum. The leaders of the SNP, Scottish Labour Party, Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Green Party, and the Scottish Socialist Party, made the commitments in response to a letter from the Equality Network, seeking ...

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Scots Tory leader reacts to ‘lesbo’ hate slur tweets

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, has responded to homophobic tweets targeting her by saying hate is unacceptable and hurts young LGBTI people, reported PinkNews. The tweets called her “big fat dirty lesbo”, a “dyke” and other homophobic slurs, for speaking out for The Better Together campaign, which advocates Scotland remaining within the UK, during a televised debate ...

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