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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.

May 27, 2014

David Coburn MEP, the first UKIP politician elected in Scotland, is opposed to same-sex marriage despite being in a relationship with a man for 30 years

The first UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician elected in Scotland has said gay marriage breeds homophobia.

David Coburn, a member of European Parliament, is opposed to same-sex marriage despite being in a relationship with a man for over 30 years.

He spoke to The Scotsman after he was elected Sunday night (25 May), taking UKIP’s first parliamentary seat in Scotland.

On gay rights, he said: ‘Civil partnerships should be enough.

May 12, 2014

A TED speaker, scientist and renowned academic researcher is on the road to recovery after being gored by a stag in the Scottish Highlands

Six national British newspapers have been forced to admit their mistake after reporting on a trans woman who was attacked by a charging stag.

On New Year’s Eve last year in Scotland, Dr Kate Stone was gored in the neck by the animal and left her in a coma.

The antler had gone through Stone’s airway, fracturing her neck, smashing her throat and damaged the nerves to her vocal cords.

May 10, 2014

Celebrating Eurovision 2014, London drag queen Miss Dusty ‘O’ shares her thoughts on the international singing competition 

Eurovision is upon us yet again.

A chance for rabid nationalism and cheesy pop pap. I love it like so many people. Will this year be the last year we have a UK entry? Will next year have a Scottish entry and if so will England and Scotland vote for each other like the Baltic and Balkan states do consistently every year? Who knows but probably not, the Scots have never forgiven us for Flodden.

April 29, 2014

Gay rights groups are disappointed by the defeat, criticizing one of the party's usage of a petition of concern to block the motion

Hopes for gay marriage in Northern Ireland were dashed after a motion was defeated in the legislative assembly today (29 April).

Members of the Legislative Assembly debated a move to introduce same-sex marriage, as adopted in England, Wales and Scotland.

The Sinn Féin motion said religious institutions would have the choice to conduct same-sex marriages, but that was not enough.

43 MLAs voted in favor of same-sex marriage, with 50 voted against.

April 16, 2014

Northern Ireland politicians are making a third bid to legalize same-sex marriage, following England, Wales and Scotland

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

It is the only nation in the UK to have not already passed same-sex marriage.

But now six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have filed a motion calling for marriage equality.

The private members motion is due to be debated on 29 April.

The motion notes that England, Wales and Scotland have ‘moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples’.

April 7, 2014

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning blood is needed to ensure public safety

Northern Ireland is being called on to defend its ban against gay men giving blood.

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning 'gay blood' is needed to ensure public safety.

He has begun a legal appeal after a judge ruled it was up to him if gay men could donate blood in NI. A ban, which was enforced during the 1980s, 90s and 00s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011.

New rules allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as long as their last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

March 20, 2014

A homophobic mother of ten who punched her gay son in the face after he came out to her has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines and compensation by a Scottish court

A homophobic mother who verbally abused her oldest son and punched him in the face is being ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in compensation.

Scott Green, 21, had come out to his mother Emma Green and told her he had a boyfriend at a family gathering at her home in Kinross, Scotland.

Instead of sympathy, she responded with homophobic slurs calling him a 'poof', a 'gay bender' and telling him 'you take cock up the ass - you're nothing but a dirty queer.'

March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.

March 11, 2014

Further Afield, who picks through the world’s best hotels and screens them for quality and service, is now offering a wedding planner service to help lock down the venue for your big day

The first same-sex marriages in the UK are expected to take place as early as Saturday 29 March 2014, with same-sex couples able to apply for a wedding license as early as Friday 14.

If you’re looking to get married in the UK (and beyond), Further Afield has launched a new marriage service to help same-sex couples find a stylish venue to get married in and honeymoon across the world.

February 27, 2014

UK's Talk Sport, the 'world's biggest sports radio station', laughed and repeated transphobic comments about the new pink and yellow Scotland strip

British radio station Talk Sport is being slammed for repeating transphobic comments about the new Scotland away kit, saying it makes the soccer players look like the 'tranny army'.

On the Alan Brazil breakfast show this morning (27 February), the hosts were laughing about the response over the new pink and yellow strip.

Brian Moore, former rugby union player and now pundit for BBC Sport and Talk Sport, was looking through the comments made on Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.

February 26, 2014

James Dornan MSP has called on the Ugandan High Commissioner in the UK to hold equality talks during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The UK is being called on to offer asylum to the 200 Ugandan gay people outed by a tabloid newspaper.

James Dornan, a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), has written a letter to the Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs asking him to make it clear that asylum should be offered to anyone ‘living in fear of their life simply because of their sexual or gender identity’.

February 25, 2014

Police are appealing for help after three men attacked a man for walking with another man in the Scotland capital city's centre

A man is recovering in hospital after a ‘vicious’ homophobic attack in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The victim was walking with another man through the city centre when three men came up and started to verbally abused them.

One of the three then punched one man to the ground and two men then kicked him on the face.

As two passers-by approached the attack, they chased the three man as they ran off into Castle Terrace where they lost sight of them.

The victim was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

February 24, 2014

A third of Scotland LGBTs say they would feel uncomfortable reporting a hate crime and 80% say they have never been asked about their needs by local service providers

LGBT people have said they expect poor treatment from public services in Scotland, new research has revealed.

Despite same-sex marriage being made legal earlier this month, new polling suggests LGBTs are expecting to face discrimination at hospitals, police, schools and other local services.

Nearly half, 48%, of the 1,043 LGBT people in the YouGov survey expected they would face discrimination from fostering and adoption agencies.

February 10, 2014

Pending a public vote in 2015 to allow same-sex marriages in Ireland, those who travel abroad to get married will have their status recognized in their home country

Same-sex couples who travel from Ireland to marry in the England, Wales and Scotland will have their status recognized pending a public vote next year.

A Department of Justice spokesman has confirmed that once a referendum allowing same-sex marriage in Ireland is passed, all foreign unions will be recognized.

February 4, 2014

'Hello My Name is Vladimir' is the world's first 'protest beer' to be sold in stores and online

'Protest beer' mocking anti-gay laws in Russia is being sent to Vladimir Putin today (4 February).

A Scottish craft brewery believe they have launched the world's first 'protest beer', produced to fight against homophobic legislation.

BrewDog’s new craft beer, Hello My Name is Vladimir, is a double IPA ale containing Limmonick berries - an ingredient regarded by some Russians to enhance sexual performance in men.

The bottle is styled with a gaudy Andy Warhol-style label showing an image of the Russian president wearing lipstick and eyeshadow.

February 4, 2014

LGBTI people and their allies are all awaiting the vote to see whether Scotland will join the 16 other countries to allow same-sex marriage

People all over Scotland are awaiting the final vote today (4 February), finding out whether it will join the 16 other countries in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is expected to be approved by parliament later today. But while a shock still could happen, it is looking likely it will pass around 6pm local time.

Under the new legislation, religious bodies will be able to opt in to perform same-sex marriages but individual celebrants who feel it would go against their faith will be protected.

February 4, 2014

Good sign? Hundreds of thousands of LGBTI people and their allies are eagerly waiting to know whether same-sex marriage will be made legal in Scotland

Call it what you like, but it appears a good sign is shining over Scotland’s Holyrood parliament today (4 February).

A rainbow has appeared, shining directly above the politicians as they decide for the final time whether to pass same-sex marriage.

It could be a blessing from an otherworldly, religious being if you believe in that sort of thing, or it could be a coincidence.

But by 6pm local time, we should know whether the majority of Members of Scottish Parliament back the bill to give gay couples the right to marry.

February 4, 2014

Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill making Scotland the 17th country in the world to legalize equal marriage

Gay marriage is officially legal in Scotland.

Members of Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage this evening (4 February).

There was huge standing ovation as the votes were announced. Politicians voted Yes 105, No 18 and there was no abstentions. 

This means Scotland is the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

The new legislation, described as one of the most ‘progressive’ equal marriage bills in the world, will allow religious bodies to opt in to perform same-sex unions.