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Scotland

  • 6th September 2011

    Scottish man is first to be charged with transgender prejudice 44

    The court heard that Porter admitted he was motivated by transgender prejudice

    3:32 PM — A soldier has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of an offence motivated by transphobia. Terry Porter, 19, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm.

  • Scottish domestic violence stereotypes ‘fail gay and transgender people’ 19

    LGBT people are failed by narrow definitions of domestic abuse, it was claimed.

    10:28 AM — The Scottish government's definition of domestic violence leaves some victims 'invisible', a law lecturer has claimed. Brian Dempsey, who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said that the standard view of male abusers and female victims means that LGBT people may be unable to access help.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Edinburgh man admits killing gay former lecturer

    Pawel Rodak admits killing retired lecturer Roger Gray

    1:52 PM — A 21-year-old man has admitted killing a gay former lecturer. Pawel Rodak admitted attacking 64-year-old Roger Gray at the latter's home in Merchiston Crescent on March 18th and 19th this year.

  • Scottish government launches gay marriage consultation 47

    The government has opened its marriage equality consultation

    1:13 PM — The Scottish government has launched its promised consultation on marriage equality. The SNP-led government says it is considering whether to allow "religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage".

  • 31st August 2011

    Storm over Scottish lesbian church minister’s civil partnership 82

    The Church of Scotland has debated the issue of gay ministers

    10:22 AM — A minister at a Scottish church has announced she plans to have a civil partnership. Reverend Lynn Brady, of Newburgh Parish Church in Fife, told her congregation this week of her plans.

  • 30th August 2011

    Gay cycling champion Graeme Obree warns gay athletes to stay in the closet 45

    Graeme Obree advised other sportsmen and women to keep their sexuality secret

    3:56 PM — Graeme Obree, the cycling champion who came out earlier this year, has warned other gay sportsmen and women not to follow his example. The 45-year-old athlete, known as the Flying Scotsman, revealed in January that he is gay and said he had twice to kill himself over his struggle to accept his sexual orientation.

  • 18th August 2011

    SNP leader denies ‘going mental’ at Labour MP over gay marriage 8

    Alex Salmond denied losing his temper

    4:43 PM — SNP leader Alex Salmond has denied going "absolutely mental" at a Labour MP who asked him to comment on the gay marriage controversy. He and Labour MP Thomas Docherty were visiting a Dunfermline school On Wednesday when Mr Docherty claims he asked the First Minister to make a statement on SNP MP Bill Walker's "despicable" comments on gay marriage.

  • 15th August 2011

    SNP politician retreats over gay ‘Nazi’ slur 22

    Bill Walker withdrew his remark about Nazis

    10:54 AM — A Scottish Nationalist Party MP has withdrawn a slur he made comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis. Bill Walker said an anti-homophobia logo was "threatening" and reminded him of the Nazis.

  • 12th August 2011

    Don’t call me a bigot, says MSP who believes gay relationships aren’t equal 87

    Mr Walker said he had received 'highly abusive' messages

    10:58 AM — An MSP who believes that gay relationships are not in "any way equal" to straight ones says he has been upset by messages calling him a bigot. Bill Walker, the MSP for Dunfermline said gay rights campaigners had "intimidated" him.

  • 61 per cent of Scots support gay marriage 83

    The poll says most Scottish people back marriage equality

    10:34 AM — A large majority of Scottish people now support marriage equality. According to the 2010 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, published yesterday, 61 per cent of people believe gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.

  • 8th August 2011

    Gay SNP politician calls colleagues ‘bigots’ 66

    Scottish MPs are fighting over the issue of gay marriage

    3:21 PM — A gay SNP politician has hit out at colleagues on the issue of gay marriage, calling them bigots. Alyn Smith, an MEP who was elected in 2004, attacked colleagues who signed a motion on gay marriage, calling them "small" and "mean".

  • 5th August 2011

    Row continues over Scottish MP’s gay marriage remarks 66

    Scottish polls show growing support for marriage equality

    12:03 PM — A row has broken out between SNP politicians over a motion on gay marriage. This week, SNP MSP John Mason tabled a motion which says no one should be “forced to be involved in” gay marriages.

  • 4th August 2011

    Nationalist Scottish MP accused of attacking gay rights 53

    John Mason is concerned that people are being 'forced' into involvement in gay unions

    4:54 PM — A Nationalist MSP has been accused of trying to attack gay rights by tabling a motion which says no one should be "forced to be involved in" gay marriages. SNP MSP John Mason tabled the motion ahead of a Scottish government consultation on gay marriage.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Scottish youth parliament calls for gay marriage 55

    Young politicians are urging parliament to grant marriage equality

    10:57 AM — Scotland's youth parliament has launched a campaign to urge the government to give gay couples the right to wed. The Love Equally campaign is seeking full marriage equality and also calls for straight people to be given the right to have civil partnerships.

  • 26th July 2011

    Gay health race organisers ask Brad Pitt to join in 3

    Brad Pitt once said he wouldn't marry Angelina Jolie until all couples can wed (Photo: George Biard)

    1:21 PM — Organisers of a gay health race in Glasgow have asked Brad Pitt to start the event. Charity Gay Men’s Health has written to the film star to ask if he will signal the start of the race in Kelvingrove Park on August 19th.

  • 22nd July 2011

    Convicted rapist ‘claims he’s gay to win asylum’ 78

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    5:28 PM — A Ugandan man serving a four-year sentence for raping a woman is reportedly seeking asylum by claiming he is gay. John Ssewagudde, 21, was convicted of raping the woman in Glasgow last June after he admitted the attack on her Facebook page.

  • 11th July 2011

    Details of Brian Souter knighthood ‘not in public interest’ 55

    Sir Brian Souter (Photo: briansouter.com)

    9:39 AM — The Cabinet Office has refused to give out information on the knighthood bestowed on Stagecoach co-founder and Section 28 campaigner Brian Souter. Mr Souter, who gave £1 million to a 2000 campaign to uphold Section 28, was honoured with a knighthood last month.

  • 4th July 2011

    Main sponsor pulls out of Aberdeen Pride 17

    Aberdeen Pride will go ahead, organisers say

    4:45 PM — Aberdeen Pride organisers say they are confident the show will go on despite the main sponsor pulling out. The event, due to be held on August 6th, was to be supported by Cheerz Bar, which promised to pay for headline acts Andy Scott-Lee and former X Factor contestant Scott Bruton.

  • Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson tipped to lead Scottish Tories 46

    Ruth Davidson has been tipped as the next Scottish Tory leader

    2:01 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson is being tipped as a contender to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Despite only being elected two months ago, the former BBC journalist is said to have impressed senior figures at Westminster and Holyrood, who have urged her to stand in the contest.

  • 28th June 2011

    Scottish civil servants banned from saying ‘homosexual’ 193

    Civil servants in Scotland should not say 'homosexual'

    1:35 PM — New guidance from the Scottish government says that civil servants must not use the word 'homosexual' because it is deemed offensive to gay people.

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