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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.

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.