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Scotland’s LGBTQ+ orgs launch election equality manifesto

Graham Robson March 22, 2021

Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Scottish Trans Alliance call to end discrimination and barriers that LGBTQ+ people still face.

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Community News

Scottish Trans joins legal challenge to protect gender equality on public authority boards

Graham Robson December 11, 2020

Scottish Trans is given permission to intervene in a legal case which is seeking to throw out legislation passed two years ago, ensuring greater involvement of women in public life in Scotland

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Arts

Performers fundraise for trans equality in Leith this Sunday

Besi Besemar August 9, 2019

More than twenty performers, artists and authors will come together this Sunday, August 11 for a day of music, comedy, storytelling, poetry, zines and artwork, to celebrate and fundraise for trans equality.

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Community News

50 Years and still fighting for Equality

Besi Besemar June 25, 2019

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and campaigners will gather in the Scottish Parliament this evening to remember and celebrate the Stonewall uprising, which lit the spark of a movement that changed the lives of millions, in 1969.

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Community News

Scots call for reform of the Gender Recognition Act

Besi Besemar May 19, 2019

On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) national youth organisations from across the political spectrum in Scotland came together to sign a letter in support of reform of the Gender Recognition Act.

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In The South

Scottish Parliament passes into law ‘Pardons Bill’

Besi Besemar June 7, 2018

The Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill had its final stage 3 debate in the Scottish Parliament, yesterday afternoon (June 7). The Bill, that pardons people convicted of the old discriminatory offences involving sex between men was passed by a vote of 119-0.

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In The South

Scottish Parliament to vote on pardons for gay and bisexual men

Besi Besemar April 18, 2018

The Scottish Parliament will have the first vote today on the bill that pardons people convicted of historical discriminatory offences of sex between men. The Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill has its stage 1 debate in the Parliament this afternoon followed by a vote on the general principles of the bill at 5pm.

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In The South

Scottish Football clubs say NO to homophobia

Besi Besemar November 22, 2017

Entire Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL) signs up to the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter. More clubs in Scotland have pledged to make the game more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) fans. For the first time two-thirds of SPFL and all teams in the Scottish Premier League have taken a stand by signing up to the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter.

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In The South

Bill pardoning gay men of historic ‘homosexual offences’ becomes law today in Scotland

Besi Besemar November 7, 2017

The Scottish Government’s Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill becomes law today. The bill provides a pardon for people who were convicted of the historical discriminatory ‘homosexual offences’ between men, which are no longer crimes. It also provides a way for people with these convictions to have them removed from their criminal records (called a ‘disregard’) so that they do not appear on criminal record checks for jobs and volunteer posts.

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In The South

Scotland loses European top spot for LGBT+ equality

Besi Besemar May 20, 2017

Scotland has been overtaken by Malta in the European league table of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) equality laws and policies. Scotland has dropped to second place, with a score of 82%, with Malta on 88%. Malta has risen to first place after introducing new laws protecting the rights of trans and intersex people.

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