10th March 2010
‘Limbs in the Loch’ killer loses appeal 7
12:19 PM — A gay man who murdered a teenager and dismembered his body has lost an appeal to clear his name. William Beggs, 46, became known as the 'Limbs in the Loch' killer for the murder of 18 year-old Tesco worker Barry Wallace in December 1999.
Anti-bullying film comes to Scotland 8
11:51 AM — A film to tackle homophobic bullying is to be sent to every secondary school in Scotland. FIT, produced by Stonewall, features six teenagers, some of whom are gay, at a dance club. It has been compared to television shows Glee and Skins.
8th March 2010
Opponents demand explanation for Steven Purcell’s departure 7
6:45 PM — Political opponents of gay former Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell have demanded full disclosure of the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Scottish Lib Dems call for gay marriage 29
5:05 PM — The Lib Dem Scottish spring conference passed a motion yesterday calling on the Scottish government to legalise gay marriage.
7th March 2010
Gay former leader of Glasgow council questioned by police 21
11:13 PM — Steven Purcell, the openly gay former Labour leader of Glasgow city council, was questioned by police inside the city council chamber a year ago, it emerged today.
2nd March 2010
One third of gays and lesbians in Edinburgh physically attacked 13
3:15 PM — A third of LGBT people in Edinburgh have been physically assaulted but only 15 per cent reported incidents to police, a small survey has suggested.
Gay leader of Glasgow council Steven Purcell steps down 6
12:21 PM — Steven Purcell, the Labour leader of Glasgow city council, has resigned after five years. The 37-year-old is said to be suffering from stress and will be replaced by his deputy, Jim Coleman, until a successor is elected.
5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
22nd January 2010
Culture chief receiving hate mail over gay Bible exhibition 25
6:36 PM — The head of Glasgow’s museums and art has described receiving harassment and hate mail after an exhibition on homosexuality and the Bible.
14th January 2010
Scottish HIV charity could lose funding after review
4:52 PM — HIV Scotland has been criticised in an external review for not being active enough, being too close to the government and "neglecting" the needs of some at-risk groups.
13th January 2010
Scottish MPs condemn arrest of gay Malawian men 1
4:29 PM — More than 20 members of the Scottish parliament condemned the arrest of two gay men in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony. The motion was signed by members of all main parties and called for parliament to condemn the "illegal and homophobic arrests" of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
12th January 2010
Scottish parliament apologises to trans woman searched by male guard 25
4:32 PM — The Scottish parliament has sent a letter of apology to a trans woman who was searched by a male guard on a visit. Female security guards refused to search her, believing she was a man.
4th January 2010
Gay son prevented from donating blood to dying mother 38
6:27 PM — A gay man whose mother died from cancer is calling for a change in the law after he was prevented from donating blood to help her. Dij Bentley's mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.
18th December 2009
Man who killed gay council worker has sentence reduced 13
11:41 AM — A man who murdered a gay council officer has had his prison sentenced reduced by two years. David Meehan, who was 19 at the time, admitted murdering James Kerr, 51, in a public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.
14th December 2009
Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim 12
4:18 PM — A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.
27th November 2009
Charges dropped for man who ‘shouted homophobic abuse’ at gay council leader 11
10:46 AM — A man who was accused of shouting homophobic abuse at gay Glasgow city council leader Stephen Purcell has had the charges dropped.
25th November 2009
Police officers disciplined for homophobic emails 10
11:07 AM — Two police officers in Leith, Scotland, have been disciplined for sending homophobic emails to colleagues in the Gay Police Association and choir.
20th November 2009
Gay Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell is Councillor of the Year 11
5:44 PM — Steven Purcell, the leader of Glasgow city council, has been named the Herald's Councillor of the Year. Purcell, who is gay, was ranked at number 16 this year on PinkNews.co.uk's 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics.
18th November 2009
Scottish presbytery ‘broke gay moratorium’ by accepting gay man for training 4
3:56 PM — A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.
17th November 2009
Peter Tatchell to speak with former Bishop of Edinburgh tonight 5
3:59 PM — Peter Tatchell will appear in conversation with Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, tonight. Holloway has supported Tatchell in the past, even defending him when he appeared in court in 1998 for storming the Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter sermon.