15th February 2011
Businessman who supported Section 28 pledges £500,000 to the SNP 24
5:24 PM — A businessman who gave £1 million to the campaign to uphold Section 28 has pledged £500,000 to the Scottish National Party's election campaign.
8th February 2011
Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime 12
11:39 AM — The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years. Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.
31st January 2011
Cycling champion Graeme Obree says he’s gay 8
5:18 PM — Scottish cycling champion Graeme Obree has revealed that he is gay - and that he tried to kill himself twice as he struggled to accept his sexual orientation.
14th January 2011
Woman accused of pretending to be a man to trick women into sex
4:11 PM — A Scottish woman has been accused of tricking two women into sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 26, of Perthshire, is said to have posed as a man called Lee Brooks for nine years and hidden her genitals by claiming she had testicular cancer.
10th January 2011
Former Tory candidate to sue party after being sacked for views on homosexuality 40
10:38 AM — A teacher is to sue the Conservative Party after he was sacked as a general election candidate. Philip Lardner, who was selected to fight the North Ayrshire and Arran seat, was suspended from his job and dumped by the party after PinkNews.co.uk revealed he said that homosexuality is wrong and children should not be taught about it in schools.
23rd December 2010
‘Limbs in the Loch’ killer loses appeal bid 5
12:14 PM — Akiller who raped and murdered a teenage boy in 1999 has been refused leave to appeal against his conviction at the Supreme Court. William Beggs, 47, was told by the London court yesterday that he could not appeal.
26th November 2010
SNP councillor accused of ‘gay slurs’ towards colleague 5
5:00 PM — An SNP councillor may be expelled from his party after claims he made homophobic remarks to a colleague. Alan O’Brien, a member of the Nationalist opposition in North Lanarkshire, has been the subject of a number of complaints.
19th November 2010
Gay man wins £13,000 after being bullied at work 13
4:03 PM — A gay man has been awarded more than £13,000 in compensation after a tribunal found he had been bullied at work for his sexuality. Steven Bain said his colleagues at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, an architecture and design centre, asked him if he found the words "poof" and "queer" offensive and whether he had ever dressed as a woman.
19th October 2010
Most Scottish people support gay marriage 15
5:00 PM — The majority of Scottish people are in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, a poll suggests. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted for the Green Party, 58 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of full marriage equality.
8th October 2010
Prisoner given extra time for slashing gay inmate’s face 2
11:32 AM — A man serving time for assault in an Edinburgh prison who was due to be released in January has been given en extra 20 months for slashing the face of a gay fellow inmate.
Ben Bradshaw and Chris Bryant lose out on Shadow Cabinet places – but Angela Eagle succeeds 25
10:51 AM — The results of the shadow cabinet elections were published last night, revealing that three of the Labour's best-known out gay MPs did not make the final cut.
7th October 2010
Study suggests bisexuals get ‘bad deal’ in local government equality policies 35
2:05 PM — A research project undertaken by the University of Huddersfield on LGBT equalities and local government has found that a lack of understanding surrounding bisexuality in the workplace is leaving those who identify as such largely invisible.
1st October 2010
Two charged after gay Edinburgh man is beaten unconscious 4
1:28 PM — Two men have been charged over an attack in which a gay man was beaten unconscious in Edinburgh. The retail worker, who has asked not to be named, says that he was attacked because of his sexual orientation.
23rd September 2010
Councillor accused of gay slur apologises
5:48 PM — A Tory councillor accused of calling a gay city council leader a "faggot" has apologised. Jim Farquharson denied calling Liberal Democrat city leader John Stewart the offensive term and said he had been misheard.
Teenager jailed for extorting £87,000 in gay chatline sting 7
12:28 PM — An Edinburgh teenager has been jailed for 45 months after he was found guilty of extorting £87,700 in a sting on men using gay and adult chatlines. Kelz Sutherland, 19, last month admitted nine charges of extortion between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2009.
22nd September 2010
Tory councillor and Lib Dem council leader in ‘gay slur’ row
11:44 AM — A Conservative councillor in Aberdeen has denied calling the city's gay council leader a "faggot". Jim Farquharson said he did insult Liberal Democrat council leader John Stewart by calling him a "fascist" and a "fat git" but denied using the homophobic slur.
7th September 2010
New book to examine history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party 10
1:24 PM — A book detailing the history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party and how its attitudes to it have changed over the decades is to be published by Biteback Publishing next year.
‘Young, white gay men’ are ‘contributing’ to spread of HIV infections in Europe says report 36
12:28 PM — According to new research published today, reckless sexual behaviour among a subset of young gay men is fuelling the HIV epidemic in Europe and the UK.
3rd September 2010
Homophobic teen who initiated murder cleared of assault
4:48 PM — A Scottish teenager who initiated the murder of a gay man was cleared of a vicious street assault this week. Alexander Kindred, now aged 18, was 15 when he claimed that council worker James Kerr, 51, had made sexual advances to him in a park.
25th August 2010
Gay men ‘continue to top list’ in contracting STIs 14
10:25 AM — Figures released by the Health protection Agency (HPA) this morning have shown that the state of sexual health among the UK population is poor, with STI rates reaching record levels. The figures have also revealed that gay men are of partcular concern.