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February 4, 2014

'I simply disagree with the organizer of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in the city'

New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday (4 February) that he plans to skip the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade next month - an event that pointedly excludes the participation of gays.

December 17, 2012

Same-sex marriage equality has dominated the gay year in Scotland and seen a youthful and dynamic campaign emerge

There’s no doubt 2012 has been a momentous and emotional year for LGBT Scots, as well as an incredibly busy one.

It started off with some sad news for LGBT campaigners not just in Scotland, but across Europe. The death of the former Labour Member of the European Parliament Janey Buchan was a huge loss. Although I never had the chance to meet Janey, her reputation was well known in Scotland as someone who believed strongly in equality for LGBT people the world over.

July 20, 2012

Don’t let partisan political squabbles get in the way of the bigger picture – delivering same-sex marriage equality, says Stewart McDonald

Keep calm and carry on: Equal marriage will happen in Scotland – of that I am confident. Like many people across Scotland and on the twitter-sphere I was disappointed that The Scottish government wasn’t able to make an announcement on Tuesday (17 July) that it would be pressing ahead with a same-sex marriage bill. However it’s important that we look at the bigger picture here and remember who the real enemy is.

July 16, 2012

Cardinal Keith O'Brien demands the Scottish government holds a referendum on same-sex marriage 

Britain’s most senior Catholic demanded a referendum on same-sex marriage in a last-minute intervention on the eve of a final decision by the Scottish government.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s intercession comes ahead of the Scottish National Party (SNP) cabinet meeting tomorrow (17 July) to decide whether to introduce a same-sex marriage bill to the Scottish Parliament.

October 13, 2011
Starter surf dudes head to the Extreme Academy in Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England to learn how to catch a wave.

The Extreme Academy surf school at the stunning Watergate Bay in Cornwall, England taught me two things. Firstly that surfing is awesome. And secondly that I have no balance.

My Wii Fit had previously warned me of this, saying I lacked ‘core strength’ – like a rotten apple. I didn’t care but now I do. Because surfing is the best adrenaline rush ever. And balance is pretty much essential; the sea wobbles.