23rd September 2010
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.
Latest figures from Health Protection Agency show poor sexual health among gay men
12:01 AM — According to new figures collected by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), almost half a million new cases of STIs were diagnosed in the UK last year - and according to the agency, gay men are among the most worrying groups.
17th August 2010
Edinburgh teenager guilty of extorting £87,000 in chatline sting 7
6:10 PM — A 19-year-old Edinburgh man has been found guilty of extortion for his part in a gay and adult chatline sting. Kelz Sutherland was part of a group which tricked men into talking about underage sex and then threatened to expose them to family and friends if they did not hand over money.
13th August 2010
Latest ‘Protest the Pope’ campaign held in London 72
5:32 PM — A meeting was held in south London last night by the Protest the Pope campaign committee. During the meeting, reasons for protesting the pontiff's visit next month were discussed.
Glasgow gay and lesbian centre: eviction begins 3
12:31 PM — A gay and lesbian centre in Glasgow run on public money is to be finally evicted from its premises after a series of financial irregularities has come to light.
11th August 2010
St Andrews students concerned after ‘anti-gay’ professor is hired 75
3:31 PM — Students at the University of St Andrews have complained after a professor who said homosexuality was "not normal" was given a full-time post.
10th August 2010
Former Tory candidate warned by employer over anti-gay comments 23
3:25 PM — A teacher who stood for election as a Conservative candidate has been given a written warning by his employer for remarks about homosexuality.
23rd July 2010
Catholic Church will ‘never’ recognise gay marriage, bishop tells Cameron 49
3:22 PM — A Scottish bishop has written to prime minister David Cameron to tell him that the Catholic Church will 'never' recognise marriage for gay couples.
22nd July 2010
Scottish campaigners step up pressure for full marriage equality 22
11:50 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Scotland are putting pressure on the Scottish government to grant full marriage equality to gay couples. A cross-party coalition of MSPs and some senior church leaders are supporting the campaign and a poll of the public suggests the majority would support the move.
12th July 2010
Glasgow gay centre: funding axed and boss suspended after financial inquiry
5:51 PM — The boss of a Glasgow gay centre has been suspended from the Labour party after evidence of serious financial irregularities was uncovered. The Castro centre, headed by Labour councillor Ruth Black and her partner Jeanie McDougall, has also had its council funding of £50,000 suspended, meaning it is likely to close down.
1st July 2010
Glasgow gay centre linked to Steven Purcell tipped to close
3:54 PM — A Glasgow LGBT centre may close within the next week after alleged financial irregularities came to light. The Castro Centre was at the heart of claims that former Glasgow city council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption.
28th June 2010
Updated: Appointment of anti-gay bishop at top Scots university sparks calls for funding boycott 14
6:18 PM — Dr Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham, who has spoke out against the appointment of gay clergy and same-sex unions, has been appointed to a top academic post at the School of Divinity at St Andrews University, Scotland's most distinguished and ancient academic institution.
Scots adoption agency tells gay couples not to be discouraged 5
3:38 PM — The Scottish Adoption agency has told gay couples not to be put off by the "very negative publicity" surrounding the issue of same-sex coulples adopting children. The publicity in question is believed to relate to the complaints of the grandparents of two Edinburgh-based children who were adopted by a gay couple.
24th June 2010
Scotia Pride 2010 takes place this Saturday in Edinburgh 5
1:04 PM — Scotland's annual LGBTI festival, Scotia Pride, will take place this Saturday 26 June in Edinburgh.
8th June 2010
Police told not to say gay people ‘bat for the other side’ 28
11:35 AM — A guide on "appropriate language" tells police not to use expressions such as "batting for the other side" and "lesbian tendencies". Officers at Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland have received the booklet, which is similar to others distributed to forces in the UK.