Friday , 21 January 2022

Tag Archives: sexuality

Belief Matters … Or Not? The Limits to Free Speech?

Pastor Angus Buchan

Free speech is an essential ingredient of any democratic society. For freedom of expression to mean anything, it must include the right to offend others. You have the right to attack my religious beliefs, political beliefs, lifestyle, sexuality and so on. You even have the right to use intemperate language, should you so wish. I have the same right to ...

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Pope Francis: mixed messages to LGBTI Catholics

Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (or “Joy of Love”), published today, does not change any Catholic dogma, and has sent mixed messages to LGBTI people, on the one hand speaking firmly against equal marriage and on the other a call for tolerance and acceptance. In the Joy of Love, the rules of the Church in relation to the family, marriage, divorce, ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? Why the gender binary idol is unworthy of worship


  One of the main positives to emerge from the Scottish parliamentary election campaign so far has been a broad consensus from the main parties on issues of LGBT+ equality. This was highlighted last week at an LGBTI hustings in Edinburgh, hosted by Stonewall Scotland, the Equality Network and the Scottish Transgender Alliance. In some respects this was inevitable and ...

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Catholicism, Mercy and Liberation

Pope Francis

  In “Just Good Friends” lesbian feminist theologian Elizabeth Stuart compares responses to sexuality and gender to a football match where LGBT people are the spectators. She suggests when liberal players get the ball they stand in the middle unable to decide which goal to aim for: they want to maintain church unity while offering a degree of support to ...

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Half of young people “are not 100 percent heterosexual”


New research from YouGov suggests that nearly half of young people aged between 18 and 24 are “something other than 100% heterosexual”. Using the Kinsey scale, YouGov asked participants to place themselves on the scale from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). 72 per cent of participants identified as completely heterosexual, with 4 per cent describing themselves as fully ...

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Philipp Tanzer (Logan McCree) interviewed

Philipp Tanzer

Philipp Tanzer, more widely known as Logan McCree, has moved from his native Germany to the far northwest of Scotland, making his home in the small Sutherland community of Durness. David Downing ventured north to meet him. What was it that made you decide to move to Scotland and how have people adjusted to having a gay porn actor in ...

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Beyond Binaries opens new dialogue on identity


Tomorrow evening, St John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh will be the site of a panel discussion on the nature of sexual and gender identities. Beyond Binaries: LGBT Voices and the Freedom to Self Identify is part of the Just Festival and is focusing on questions around society’s tendency to categorise everything in binary groups: mean and women, gay and straight, ...

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