23rd September 2009
Met seeks gay, lesbian and transgender applicants for Royal family detail 22
1:55 PM — The Metropolitan Police is currently advertising vacancies in the Protection Command's Royalty Protection branch, specifically appealing to "women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people".
22nd September 2009
Scottish gay couples to be allowed to adopt next week 3
3:19 PM — Gay couples in Scotland will be permitted to adopt children together from next week. Currently, a gay person can adopt a child but their partner has no legal rights or responsibilities as a parent.
17th September 2009
Scottish would-be gay minister withdraws candidacy 11
10:29 AM — An openly gay man who was nominated to train as a Church of Scotland minister has withdrawn his candidacy. The man, named as Dmitri Ross, is in a civil partnership. He was nominated this month by Hamilton Presbytery.
8th September 2009
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.
21st August 2009
Scottish police force holds gay and trans recruitment day 7
5:00 PM — Strathclyde Police, Scotland's largest police force, is holding a special recruitment day in an effort to attract new lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans officers.
19th August 2009
Government consultant jailed for attempted male rape 6
3:32 PM — A Labour consultant has been jailed for 30 months for the attempted rape of a man he met at a party. Derek Barrett, 34, met his victim at a social event in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, in January 2007.
14th August 2009
Scottish minister quits Kirk over gay ordination 10
5:39 PM — A Church of Scotland minister has quit both his post and the Kirk over the ordination of an openly gay man. John MacLeod, 39, from the Church's World Mission at St Andrew's Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas, resigned in June.
Tories choose lesbian to fight Glasgow by-election 28
5:23 PM — A lesbian woman has been selected by the Conservatives to fight the Glasgow North East by-election. Ruth Davidson, 30, who lives with her partner in Partick, has pledged to fight an "honest campaign".
7th August 2009
Glasgay festival’s play Jesus, Queen of Heaven upsets Christians 54
1:00 PM — Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that a play to be performed later this year as part of the Glasgay arts festival is insulting to their beliefs.
Homophobic SNP councillor faces investigation 52
10:24 AM — A lesbian couple have complained to Scottish Borders Council about remarks made by a councillor about gay people.
3rd August 2009
Scottish councillor: ‘Gays are sad and atheists are damned to hell’ 329
5:33 PM — A Scottish councillor has described "so-called" gays as "really very sad people" and said that non-believers are "damned to hell".
31st July 2009
Tornado was ‘God’s wrath’ for civil partnership 105
12:13 PM — A tornado which struck the Isle of Lewis has been blamed on a recent civil partnership ceremony. A local minister warned the ceremony defied "God's law".
29th July 2009
Scottish councillor quits Church of Scotland after gay ordination 17
7:53 PM — A councillor has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland as a result of its appointment of an openly gay minister.
‘Defaced’ bible forced behind glass 24
10:18 AM — An exhibit in Glasgow designed to promote gay rights within the church has had to be put in a glass case to prevent visitors scrawling obscene messages.
27th July 2009
Rookie policeman disciplined for ‘gays on Hollyoaks’ rant 20
4:34 PM — A newly-recruited policeman has been giving a warning by Lothian and Borders Police for a homophobic internet rant.
24th July 2009
Anger as Bible is defaced in the name of art 82
2:53 PM — An art gallery in Scotland has been attacked by the church after an exhibition inviting people to write messages on a Bible was met with "abuse" and "obscenity", including one person writing "f*** the bible". It was designed to close the gaps between LGBTs and the church.
23rd July 2009
Gay couple bit neighbour in row over cat 14
2:21 PM — A gay couple have been convicted of attacking their neighbour in a row over a cat damaging their garden. Bill Young, 51, and David Dickman, 45, beat and bit Tony Dyson, 47, in the late-night argument in March. They also tried to gouge his eyes out.
Scottish police force to display rainbow flag in offices 6
11:19 AM — Grampian Police, one of the country's largest police forces, is to display the rainbow flag in all of its offices to support gay rights. Stickers of the flag will be seen in all of the force's windows.
20th July 2009
Scottish island to hold first same-sex ceremony today 8
2:20 PM — The Isle of Lewis is set to have its first gay civil partnership ceremony today when BBC children's presenter Andrew Robertson will tie the knot with his partner Craig Atkins.