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.
Gay centre at heart of Purcell corruption probe
2:11 PM — Glasgow's LGBT centre is at the heart of claims that former council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption. The Labour leader resigned from his position in early March citing stress and exhaustion.
Catholic bishops urge followers not to vote for gay-friendly candidates 40
12:18 PM — Catholic bishops in Scotland are urging followers not to vote for candidates who support gay equality, abortion rights and assisted suicide.
19th April 2010
Alan Cumming ‘excommunicated’ by Church of Scotland 38
5:28 PM — Alan Cumming has said he was "excommunicated" by the Church of Scotland for criticising organised religion.
13th April 2010
Section 28 supporter faces jail over child abuse images 18
5:40 PM — A Scottish school board chief who campaigned for Section 28 to stay in place may face jail after he was found to be in possession of abusive images of children.
Men being trafficked into Scotland as gay sex slaves 6
2:43 PM — Two separate incidents of men being trafficked into gay sex slavery have been discovered in Scotland. In one case, a young man was brought over from Africa last year after being told he would work in pornography.
29th March 2010
Street preacher fined £1,000 for homophobia 25
5:11 PM — An American street preacher who told shoppers in Glasgow that gays would go to hell has been fined £1,000. Shawn Holes, from New York state, said he only expected to pay around £100.
25th March 2010
Gay minister Scott Rennie given city honour 3
3:14 PM — The Rev Scott Rennie has been given honoured with a ceremonial role in his home city of Aberdeen. He caused controversy last year when he was ordained as a minister at Queen's Cross Church, becoming Scotland's first out gay minister.
23rd March 2010
Survey finds most Scottish gay people have experienced hate crime
5:13 PM — A survey of Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has found that two thirds have suffered homophobic abuse, while a third have been physically attacked.
10th March 2010
‘Limbs in the Loch’ killer loses appeal 7
12:19 PM — A gay man who murdered a teenager and dismembered his body has lost an appeal to clear his name. William Beggs, 46, became known as the 'Limbs in the Loch' killer for the murder of 18 year-old Tesco worker Barry Wallace in December 1999.
Anti-bullying film comes to Scotland 8
11:51 AM — A film to tackle homophobic bullying is to be sent to every secondary school in Scotland. FIT, produced by Stonewall, features six teenagers, some of whom are gay, at a dance club. It has been compared to television shows Glee and Skins.
8th March 2010
Opponents demand explanation for Steven Purcell’s departure 7
6:45 PM — Political opponents of gay former Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell have demanded full disclosure of the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Scottish Lib Dems call for gay marriage 29
5:05 PM — The Lib Dem Scottish spring conference passed a motion yesterday calling on the Scottish government to legalise gay marriage.
7th March 2010
Gay former leader of Glasgow council questioned by police 21
11:13 PM — Steven Purcell, the openly gay former Labour leader of Glasgow city council, was questioned by police inside the city council chamber a year ago, it emerged today.