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.
27th May 2010
HIV cases on the rise in Scotland 6
4:12 PM — Figures published yesterday showed that over 90 Scots were diagnosed HIV positive since the beginning of this year. Between January and March 2010, 91 people were affected, bringing the overall Scottish diagnosis rate to 6,338.
26th May 2010
Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9
9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.
25th May 2010
Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20
2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.
24th May 2010
Church of Scotland condemns imprisonment of Malawian gay couple 12
2:39 PM — Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, has condemned the jailing of a Malawian gay couple as "unjust".
21st May 2010
Gay minister Scott Rennie boosts church attendance 12
2:23 PM — The openly gay minister of a Scottish church has seen his congregation grow since joining the church. Rev Scott Rennie, the first out gay minister to be appointed by the Church of Scotland, has had a five-per cent rise in the number of worshippers at Queen's Cross Church in the last 12 months.
18th May 2010
Entire congregation quits over appointment of gay Scottish minister 12
5:30 PM — A Church of Scotland congregation in the Bahamas has quit the church in protest over the ordination of gay ministers. The 200-year-old parish of St Andrew’s in Nassau, the capital of the islands, decided to follow Reverend John MacLeod when he announced he would resign.
10th May 2010
Friend charged with murder of gay Scottish teenager
12:08 PM — A friend of 16-year-old gay student Jack Frew has been charged with his murder. Craig Roy, 17, is expected to appear in court today.
Scottish teenager ‘may have been killed for being gay’ 23
10:26 AM — The friends of a Scottish 16-year-old found dead last week say they believe he may have been killed in a homophobic attack. Jack Frew was found near a cycle path in Mossneuk, East Kilbride, last Thursday at around 7pm. His throat had been cut.
5th May 2010
Exclusive: SNP leader and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond answers your questions 29
6:10 PM — In the last few months, we've given our readers the chance to quiz party leaders on their commitment to gay equality in the run-up to the election.
29th April 2010
Tory candidate may lose job over ‘homophobic’ comments 14
3:01 PM — Philip Lardner, the Scottish Conservative candidate who said homosexuality was "not normal", may lose his job. He works as a primary school teacher at Rashielea Primary in Erskine, Renfrewshire, but was suspended after the remarks on his campaign website came to light.
27th April 2010
Updated: Tory candidate suspended for saying gays were ‘not normal’ 60
3:38 PM — A Scottish Conservative Party candidate has been suspended from his party for saying that homosexuality is "not normal". As PinkNews.co.uk exclusively reported this morning, Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, stated in a section on his campaign website that he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.
Exclusive: Scottish Tory candidate says homosexuality is ‘not normal’ 34
2:19 PM — A Scottish Conservative Party candidate's website says he believes that homosexuality is "not normal" and that Section 28 was correct. Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, said he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.
26th April 2010
Your chance to quiz first minister of Scotland & SNP leader Alex Salmond on gay equality
5:13 PM — We've already offered our readers the chance to put their questions to the three main party leaders and now we're giving the chance to question the smaller parties about their commitment to gay rights. First up will be the Scottish National Party, whose leader Alex Salmond has agreed to answer PinkNews.co.uk readers.
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage 19
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
25th April 2010
Foreign Office apologises for proposing Pope be given ‘Benedict’ condoms, conduct gay marriage & open abortion ward 45
3:40 PM — The Foreign Office has apologised for a leaked document that suggested that Pope Benedict XVI be invited to bless a gay marriage, open up a hospital abortion ward and be presented with his own "Benedict" brand of condoms while on his controversial tour of the UK this September.
22nd April 2010
Church of Scotland holds secret ballot over gay ministers 5
3:21 PM — The Church of Scotland has held a secret ballot of ministers and elders on whether it should allow gays and lesbians to be ordained.