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Glasgow council leader poised to quit

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson

The leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson, is set to stand down from his role within the next few days. Matheson, who is openly gay, was initially expected to step down in February 2016 to allow him to concentrate on his campaign to be elected to Holyrood. However, following some dreadful by-election reversals for Labour and criticism of his ...

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LGBTI awards nominees announced


An equality and human rights advocacy group has announced the shortlisted nominees for its inaugural LGBTI awards event. The Equality Network established the Scottish LGBTI Awards to recognise and celebrate the campaigners, politicians, journalists, public bodies, businesses, community groups and individuals that have made a contribution towards securing greater equality in the past year. The event is being sponsored by ...

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MPs call for end to LGBTI discrimination

Stewart McDonald MP: "This group has been founded at a crucial time."

The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, yesterday formally launched a new cross-party group to champion intrenational LGBTI equality and rights. The newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBTI Rights is the first of its kind, and includes members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The APPG will take on the ...

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John Nicolson slams BBC for lack of LGBTI representation

John Nicolson

SNP MP and former BBC Breakfast host, John Nicolson, sharply criticised the BBC for its attitude towards LGBTI diversity. He claimed that the BBC’s attitude to LGBTI TV figures has changed little since openly camp stars such as Larry Grayson and John Inman were labelled by the media corporation as “waiting for the right woman to come along”, suggesting it ...

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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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Out MP awarded first-class honours degree

Mhairi Black

“Out” Scottish MP Mhairi Black has been awarded a first class honours degree in politics from Glasgow University. Ms Black became the youngest MP to sit in the Commons for nearly 350 years when she won Paisley and Renfrewshire South at the general election – sensationally overturning the 16,614 majority for former Secretary of State for Scotland Douglas Alexander. She ...

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Scotland’s government opposes Human Rights Act repeal

The Scottish Government has expressed its opposition to repeal of th Human Rights Act

The Scottish government has made clear its opposition to Conservative Party proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. Responding to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, in which the plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights” were put on hold, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that the UK government’s ongoing commitment to scrapping the legislation must be ...

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Out gay Scottish Minister Marco Biagi to stand down

Marco Biagi

Marco Biagi, out gay SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central, said he would not seek to be re-elected to Holyrood next May as he wants to pursue an academic career. Biagi, 32, who was appointed by Nicola Sturgeon last year as Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, made his announcement at the Edinburgh Central SNP branch. He is one of ...

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Gay SNP MPs urge Ireland: say YES to marriage equality

John Nicolson, Stewart M McDonald, Angela Crawley, Stuart McDonald, Mhairi Black, Martin Docherty

Six gay and lesbian SNP MPs gathered outside Westminster urging Ireland to vote YES for marriage equality. Angela Crawley, John Nicolson, Martin Docherty, Mhairi Black, Stewart M McDonald, Stuart McDonald stood outside Westminster’s gates holding Yes signs in support of Ireland’s Marriage Equality campaign. McDonald, the newly elected MP for Glasgow South told Buzzfeed: “We want to encourage folks to ...

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SNP manifesto pledges LGBTI envoy and devolved equality

The Scottish National Party has launched its manifesto pledging its commitment to establish a special LGBTI rights envoy, protect the human rights act and devolve power over equality to Scotland.  Its manifesto pledged support for the plan to create a special envoy for the promotion of LGBTI rights: “SNP MPs will also make the case for the establishment of a special ...

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