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December 31, 2014

VisitScotland says change in law will enhance country's reputation as an LGBTI-friendly destination

As gay marriage comes into effect in Scotland today, the country's national tourism organisation has predicted a huge travel boost for the nation.

In a statement released today, VisitScotland said: 'The new legislation could see Scotland become a destination of choice for couples looking to get married, boosting tourism and presenting a new opportunity for the industry.'

December 31, 2014

VisitScotland says change in law will enhance country's reputation as an LGBTI-friendly destination

As gay marriage comes into effect in Scotland today, the country's national tourism organisation has predicted a huge travel boost for the nation.

In a statement released today, VisitScotland said: 'The new legislation could see Scotland become a destination of choice for couples looking to get married, boosting tourism and presenting a new opportunity for the industry.'

December 30, 2014

Following a law change that came into effect on 16 December, Scotland’s first same-sex weddings will take place on Hogmanay

The first gay weddings are due to take place in Scotland after the stroke of midnight tonight.

The Scottish Parliament legalized same-sex marriage in February of this year, and the new law came into effect on 16 December.

On that date, anyone wishing to marry was able to give notice to marry: an obligatory 15-day period. This means that the first wedding ceremonies will take place tomorrow – the last day of the year.

December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 16, 2014

Gay marriage came into effect in one third of Great Britain today – and we want to marry in one of these amazing locations immediately

It's official. Gay guys and girls can now say their 'I do's' in Scotland, as today, the UK's most charismatic country becomes the 17th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

From fantastical castles to remote beaches, here, we count down seven of the most magical places to get married Scottish style…

December 16, 2014

Gay marriage came into effect in one third of Great Britain today – and we want to marry in one of these amazing locations immediately

It's official. Gay guys and girls can now say their 'I do's' in Scotland, as today, the UK's most charismatic country becomes the 17th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

From fantastical castles to remote beaches, here, we count down seven of the most magical places to get married Scottish style…

December 16, 2014

A Melbourne gay couple have married in their city’s United Kingdom consulate, making them the first same-sex couple in the world to be legally married under Scottish law

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today.

Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership which allowed them to take advantage of the new law today.

November 10, 2014

Nearly 9 in 10 teachers say homophobic bullying happens in their schools

Nearly nine in 10 secondary school teachers in Scotland say homophobic bullying happens in their school.

The shocking YouGov survey, commissioned by Stonewall Scotland, also revealed a third of teachers hear homophobic language from other staff.

Many assume they are not allowed to talk about LGBTI issues with students, with only 16% saying they have had specific training to tackle homophobic bullying. 

November 6, 2014

Malcolm and Joe are preparing to say their vows while making history

Meet Malcom Brown and Joe Schofield, they are the couple that will make history by becoming Scotland's first married gay couple.

The couple, both 42 from Britain's smallest historic county Clackmannanshire, met online and fell in love after sharing a mutual adoration of punk and alternative music.

Together nine years, they will say their 'I Dos', seconds after midnight on 31 December.

Brown is a former DJ and engineering student and Schofield has campaigned for gay rights since he was 16.

October 13, 2014

Fireworks will be going off not just for the new year this NYE, but for the first ever same-sex marriage in Scotland

Gay couples hoping to get married in Scotland finally have a date from when they can say their vows, following an announcement today (13 October).

The first official same-sex marriages will take place in Scotland on Hogmanay, 31 December 2014.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act will come into force on 16 December. This means any gay couple in a civil partnership can convert it into marriage, free of charge, from that date.

October 13, 2014

Nathan Gale, of Scottish Transgender Alliance, explains why trans people will be free from the 'spousal veto'

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Scotland from 16 December. Hogmanay, our New Year's Eve, will take on special significance for many couples this year as this will be when the first same-sex weddings take place.

As couples across Scotland plan their big day, trans people who are already married or in a civil partnership can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can finally have the gender they live as legally recognized without being forced to break up their families.

September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

September 18, 2014

From yes to no to plain too horny to answer, the gay men of Scotland answer the big question in a somewhat unconventional survey

Today is the day. Scotland is voting on whether to become an independent country, and the polls are closer than ever.

So a Tumblr user, MachoTrouts, curious to know how the gays of Scotland will vote, took to Grindr for his own survey.

The responses range from reasoned to passionate, indifferent to horny. Well, mainly just horny.

Read the hilarious responses below:

September 16, 2014

Are you Team Daley or Team Cumming in the debate over Scotland becoming its own independent country?

The battlelines are drawn, and it's time to decide on Scottish independence. And the question is, are you on Team Daley or Team Cumming?

Gay Olympic diver Tom Daley, from Plymouth, England, has revealed he wants the UK to stay as it is, believing the country is 'better together' as a whole.

But gay actor Alan Cumming, from Alberfeldy, Scotland says otherwise, describing it a chance for the country to have their destiny in their own hands.

September 8, 2014

The Queens Park Rangers player is the latest footballer to pledge support for Stonewall’s #RainbowLaces campaign in the UK – along with free morning newspaper, Metro

Queens Park Rangers soccer player Joey Barton is among the sportsmen to lend their vocal support to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces (#rainbowlaces) campaign.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Barton – who was also a high-profile supporter of the campaign last year – again spoke out against homophobia in soccer.

September 3, 2014

Daniel Donaldson says Yes LGBT is misleading people into thinking an independent Scotland will better protect gay rights

An equality lawyer has said there are ‘fatal flaws’ in the Rainbow Paper that gay Scottish independence group Yes LGBT published on Monday.

Edinburgh-based Daniel Donaldson said the paper was ‘misleading’ and it was disingenuous of the group to say Scotland had consistently been more progressive than Westminster in terms of gay equality.

September 2, 2014

Yes LGBT group says an independent Scotland would enshrine gay equality in a written constitution

Gay campaigners for Scottish independence have published a Rainbow Paper outlining how  independence would deliver greater equality to LGBT people in Scotland.

This would include enshrining LGBT equality in a written constitution, protecting and improving equality law, protecting spending on LGBT equality measures in public services, creating a compassionate asylum system and promoting LGBT rights around the world.

August 27, 2014

From red carpet welcomes to dreamy locations, Marriott Hotels has dozens of ways to turn your special day into an event you and your loved ones will never forget

The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

Who’s inspiration, then, takes the lead when two women, or two men, are planning their dream wedding?

August 15, 2014

Romance began at the office for Shona and Sharon, but when they wed they made sure it didn’t leave them in debt. Read their top tips for a magical wedding at a price you can afford

Our relationship started back in 2007 when Shona caught my eye in the office. We didn’t say a word to anyone back then about the blossoming romance. Shona hadn’t come out to her parents and we didn’t think it was anyone else’s business!

It was only when we emigrated to Sydney we decided we didn’t want to live as ‘friends’ anymore and were a lot more open about our relationship. We had a great three years out there and when we returned to Britain we decided that we didn’t want to go back to hiding our relationship.

July 30, 2014

Guy Scott, whose parents were born in Scotland, said it was an 'unreasonable expectation' for Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality

Zambia’s Vice-President has used the Commonwealth Games to attack same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Dr Guy Scott, who was born in the Zambian city of Livingstone to Scottish parents, has travelled to Glasgow to attend this year’s sporting event.

With his family coming from a country that legalized same-sex marriage in March, and him leading a country that punishes homosexuality with jail, he was asked about his views.

Speaking to STV, Scott said it was ‘not right’ for the UK to expect Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality.

July 24, 2014

Torchwood actor kissed a male dancer in front of 42 Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality

Gay actor John Barrowman is being told to 'die' after kissing a male dancer at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

He performed a song called Welcome to Scotland, celebrating everything that makes the country great including Nessie, Gretna Green and equal marriage.

However, some criticized the Scottish-American host – saying he deserved to ‘die’, ‘should commit suicide’ and the kiss was ‘embarrassing for everyone involved’.

‘[John Barrowman is] a horrific human being,’ one said on Twitter. Another said he ‘needs to die for this.’

July 23, 2014

From the Queen and PM to celebrities, athletes and ordinary LGBTI people, we should use the Commonwealth Games to fight for gay rights

As the Commonwealth Games start today amid much fanfare in Glasgow, Scotland, 42 of the 53 countries competing still criminalize homosexuality.

That’s not just awkward or embarrassing. It’s shameful.

The collection of former British Empire countries, under the titular leadership of Queen Elizabeth II, is supposed to be held together by friendship, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

June 27, 2014

Jersey Evangelical Church, in a leaked letter, same-sex couples already have civil partnerships and a ‘small minority’ should not be allowed to change the definition of marriage

A Jersey group claiming to represent a quarter of Jersey churches says gay couples shouldn’t be able to get married.

In a leaked draft letter, the Jersey Evangelical Alliance has asked church members to oppose marriage equality ahead of a debate on 1 July.

While England and Wales already has same-sex marriage, and Scotland gay couples will be able to get married by the end of the year, the British crown dependencies Jersey and Guernsey do not yet allow it.

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.