26th July 2011
Gay health race organisers ask Brad Pitt to join in 3
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
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
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
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
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
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.
16th June 2011
Scottish MPs complain over invitation to anti-gay speaker 114
3:59 PM — Two MSPs have complained over an speaking invitation given to the president of the Mormon-owned US university. Green MSP Patrick Harvie, who is gay, and Independent MSP Margo MacDonald said Cecil Samuelson, president of Brigham Young University, should not have been invited to address Holyrood.
15th June 2011
Two more Scottish congregations want to leave over gay ministers 23
5:20 PM — Two more Church of Scotland congregations are considering a split over the issue of gay ordinations. Stornoway High Church and Hilton High Church may leave the main church after the General Assembly backed a move towards gay ministers, the Herald reports.
13th June 2011
Man defends hoax ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog 34
2:44 PM — The author of the hoax 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog has defended the deception and says he may even write a book about his experience. Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old US student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted last night that he was 'Amina Arraf' but said the hoax had not harmed anyone.
Knighthood for Section 28 backer Brian Souter 109
11:27 AM — Brian Souter, the Stagecoach co-founder who gave £1 million to a 2000 campaign to uphold Section 28, has been honoured with a knighthood. The 57-year-old businessman has not spoken out against gay rights in 11 years but almost 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for the honour to be rescinded.
9th June 2011
Scottish church may break away over gay ministers 50
11:47 AM — A church in Aberdeen is expected to break away from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay ministers. Gilcomston South Church, which has a congregation of around 400, will formally vote on the issue at a later date.
6th June 2011
BFI has footage of first known male-to-male television kiss – featuring Sean Connery 33
4:58 PM — TV researchers at the British Film Institute (BFI) have revealed they have footage of what is believed to be the first male-to-male kiss on UK television featuring Sean Connery.
Scottish government pledge to begin ‘process of consultation’ on gay marriage 41
11:39 AM — The newly elected Scottish Government, led by Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party, have said they will begin a consultation on same-sex marriage.
30th May 2011
Kirk leaders believe more Scots ministers will come out following last week’s vote to allow gay clergy 76
2:41 PM — The Church of Scotland is expecting a number of its ministers to come out as gay after last week's historic vote to allow gay men and women to practice clergy.
Scottish gay charity Equality Network present their thoughts on Moscow Pride to the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh 30
12:21 PM — Edinburgh-based LGBT charity the Equality Network will today deliver a card of commiseration to the Russian consulate in Edinburgh regarding this weekend's violence at Moscow Pride.
25th May 2011
Scottish minister resigns over gay clergy 22
3:12 PM — Another Church of Scotland minister has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. The Reverend Roddy MacRae, minister of Glenelg and Kintail, said he would stand down after the Kirk's general assembly voted to accept gay and lesbian ministers in future.
23rd May 2011
Church of Scotland ends moratorium on gay ministers 19
6:02 PM — The Church of Scotland has voted to end an moratorium on ordaining gay ministers. A temporary ban was instituted in 2009 after anger over the ordination of an openly gay man, the Rev Scott Rennie.
Church of Scotland to debate gay ministers today 13
11:43 AM — The Church of Scotland will debate today whether gay ministers should be ordained. The General Assembly will decide whether to retain a ban on ordaining gay ministers until a report is published next year.
18th May 2011
Scotland publishes figures for hate crime charges 6
2:52 PM — The Scottish prosecution service has released the first figures on homophobic and transphobic hate crime charges. In the year since new hate crime offences came into law, 448 charges were made where there was an "aggravation" of homophobia. Fourteen charges were made with an "aggravation" of gender identity.
12th May 2011
Scotland loses one lesbian MSP, gains another 3
11:43 AM — Ruth Davidson, a former BBC journalist, has become Scotland's second openly lesbian MSP. While Ms Davidson was elected for the Glasgow region, Liberal Democrat MP Margaret Smith, who is also a lesbian, lost her seat to the SNP's Colin Keir.