18th March 2009
Scottish hate crimes law to be extended to cover anti-gay crimes 4
5:41 PM — Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said that extending hate crime laws to protect LGBT people and the disabled will send out a "clear message" that such crimes cannot be tolerated.
Scottish Parliament asked to review Marriage Act 10
12:09 PM — The Scottish Parliament was asked yesterday to review the Marriage Act with regard to gay marriage. A request from the Public Petitions committee has asked MSPs to reexamine the act and detail any reasons for refusing to amend it.
9th March 2009
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: SNP gay reforms are ‘misguided and inappropriate’ 123
11:47 AM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents, saying vulnerable children would be put at risk.
6th March 2009
The 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics 45
4:27 PM — This year's list could only be headed by one person. The return of Peter Mandelson to frontline British politics was predicted by no-one.
5th March 2009
Scottish Parliament committee backs hate crimes bill
11:03 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has published its Stage 1 Report on proposed legislation that allows courts to impose tougher sentences for offences aggravated by the victim's disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
27th February 2009
Lesbian couple’s victory over NHS fertility treatment 5
3:12 PM — A local health authority has backed down after they were taken to court for refusing fertility treatment to a lesbian couple.
18th February 2009
Teen pop star reveals he was victim of male rape 10
2:10 PM — The lead singer of 1970s supergroup the Bay City Rollers has spoken for the first time about his years of torment after being raped by another man.
9th February 2009
Gay actor David Paisley pays tribute to LGBT youth group 3
4:48 PM — A well-known TV actor has said that attending a gay youth group when he was 15 helped him come to terms with his sexuality and go on to have a successful career.
6th February 2009
‘So Macho’ preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists 35
3:17 PM — A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on London buses proclaiming the existence of God.
2nd February 2009
Catholic church backs legal challenge in gay adoption case 21
1:40 PM — The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland is backing a legal challenge on behalf of two grandparents whose grandchildren are to be adopted by a gay couple.
30th January 2009
Hundreds of events planned for LGBT History Month
12:18 PM — The fifth annual LGBT History Month looks set to be the biggest ever with hundreds of events planned nationwide.
29th January 2009
Stonewall “deeply concerned” by homophobic reporting of adoption story 17
3:04 PM — Britain's leading gay equality organisation has said that the coverage of a gay adoption story "goes into new areas of nastiness."
Heroin addict complains that gays adopted her children 39
12:14 PM — A woman who became addicted to heroin and had her two children taken from her by social services has shared her views on gay adoption.
28th January 2009
Scottish Catholics claim gay relationships cause premature death 57
12:08 PM — The Roman Catholic church in Scotland has launched another attack on gay and lesbian people, claiming their relationships reduce life expectancy and are inherently unstable.
23rd January 2009
Interview: NUS president explains why pragmatism is the best politics 6
12:42 PM — On Tuesday, as Barack Obama was preparing to take control of the world's only superpower, change had come to Wolverhampton.
21st January 2009
Christian firefighter wins damages over refusal to work at Pride 39
1:31 PM — A Roman Catholic firefighter has received damages and an apology from his employers after he was disciplined for refusing to work at a gay Pride event.
20th January 2009
MSPs hear objections to new homophobic hate crimes proposal 2
3:11 PM — The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has heard evidence on proposed legislation that allows Scotland's courts to impose tougher sentences for homophobic hate crimes.
16th January 2009
Black gay activist among new Stonewall trustees 5
1:31 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the appointment of four new trustees. Rob Berkeley, Founding Chair of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group, will join the board.
13th January 2009
Same-sex marriage supporters to petition Scottish Parliament 9
1:54 PM — A group of gay rights advocates has launched a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a change in the law to allow two people of the same sex to get married.
12th January 2009
Gay appointment at Aberdeen church may face opposition 6
4:46 PM — An openly gay minister has been appointed to a Church of Scotland congregation, but sources suggest an appeal to block the move is imminent.