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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.

February 3, 2014

Scottish Government will be working with Westminster in an effort to implement the bill as early as possible

Scotland’s first gay weddings could take place as early as July, politicians have said.

The bill legalizing gay marriage in Scotland is expected to be pass overwhelmingly by Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a free vote tomorrow (4 January).

While it was expected the first gay weddings would take place in 2015, roughly a year after England and Wales, implementation could take far quicker than expected.

The Scottish Government announced they would work with the UK Government to speed up the process, as long as it passes the final vote.

February 3, 2014

Scottish Transgender Alliance's Nathan Gale reflects on the fight to get same-sex marriage legal in Scotland on the eve before the final vote

Tomorrow, Scotland’s Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will vote on whether to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill into law.

During the final debate on the Bill, it will be scrutinised by all MSPs, who will have the opportunity to make further amendments to the legislation before the final vote is held.

LGBT people across Scotland are eagerly waiting to find out whether they will at last be given an equal right to marry the person that they love.

February 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage campaigners have accused SNP politician John Mason of attempting to ‘wreck’ the legislation which is due to be voted on for the final time on Tuesday

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Scotland are accusing a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician of a last-minute attempt to scupper the bill’s chances of being signed into law next week.

Members of Scottish Parliament are due to vote on the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill for the final time on Tuesday.

However, religious groups are opposing the legislation and demanding the bill should also protect opponents of gay marriage from discrimination based on their beliefs.

January 16, 2014

As the Equal Opportunities Committee unanimouly passes the spousal veto amendment, Scottish Transgender Alliance's Nathan Gale reflects on why this is a victory for all LGBTI people

In a major step forward for trans equality in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee today passed an amendment to the equal marriage bill removing the spousal veto on gender recognition.

The amendment, which was proposedby the Equality Network and Scottish Transgender Alliance, and submitted by Linda Fabiani MSP, means married trans people living in Scotland will be able to have their gender legally recognized without having to get the consent of their spouse.

January 2, 2014

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

A trans woman is stable and in an induced coma after being gored by a stag.

Doctor Kate Stone, a scientist and academic, was on a short holiday in Scotland where she was attacked by the deer near Fort William in the Highlands in the early hours of Monday (30 December).

It is believed its antlers pierced her throat and chest, and badly damaged her windpipe and spine.

A statement released yesterday by a colleague at Stone’s print firm, Novalia, said: ‘The operation went well and she remained stable throughout.

December 16, 2013

Gay rights groups condemn the threat, saying gay marriage is the ‘right thing to do for a fairer and more equal Scotland’

Politicians are being warned to stop or amend gay marriage legislation in Scotland or they will lose their seat.

Anti-gay lobbying group Scotland for Marriage has said it will use its influence to unseat Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who support equal marriage.

Their efforts are focused on Labour and Scottish National Party (SNP) politicians who voted overwhelmingly in favor of equal marriage last month.

November 27, 2013

Bisexual Wiccan author Yvonne Aburrow looks at the Pagan perspective on same-sex marriage legislation in England, Wales and Scotland

It is a little known fact many of the early pioneers of the Pagan revival in England were gay: Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, who came up with the idea of the League of Nations, was a gay man.

Back in the late 19th century, he advocated the revival of the Greek view of life, including Paganism and same-sex love.

Edward Carpenter, a gay Pagan vegetarian socialist poet around at the same time, also advocated a return to nature and wildness.

November 22, 2013

Jen, Lucio, and Baylen discuss men and their hair issues, lesbians and gays being attracted to the opp sex, same sex marriage in Scotland, tolerance and compassion being ugly words, Coca Cola and Russia, and homophobic words in pop music

Jen, Lucio, and Baylen discuss men and their hair issues, lesbians and gays being attracted to the opp sex, same sex marriage in Scotland, tolerance and compassion being ugly words, Coca Cola and Russia, and homophobic words in pop music.

Plus an interview with up and coming gay songwriter Andrew M. Pisanu and all the news from Gay Star News you can shake a stick at.

November 21, 2013

Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly passed same-sex marriage in the first crucial vote, sparking outrage and joy from opposing campaigners

Gay groups are overjoyed and the churches are furious, it can only be the day after a gay marriage vote.

Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) overwhelmingly voted in favor of same-sex marriage yesterday (20 November).

With a whopping 98 in favor and just 15 opposed, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill looks set to fly through parliament and into law next year.

November 20, 2013

Members of Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality in the stage one vote, meaning Scotland looks set to become the next country to pass gay marriage

Scotland looks set to become the next country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Members of Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in its stage one vote minutes ago.

There were 98 votes in favor of same-sex marriage to 15 against.

Prior to the stage one vote, gay Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson – one of the most high profile LGBTI politicians in the UK - made a moving speech in favor of the bill.

November 19, 2013

As Scotland prepares for a crucial vote on same-sex marriage equality tomorrow, Stonewall’s Colin Macfarlane explains why the country needs to say I Do

Several months ago, Sam and Pipa, were kind enough to share their personal story with us and explain why marriage equality matters to them.

‘For us marriage means a loving commitment. It is a union recognised both legally and by society. To us, equal marriage would mean we wouldn’t feel like second-class citizens.

‘Love is love and marriage will show that we are normal, not different and we are just as committed as a straight couple.’