Scotland Remembers

History Scotland has published the first of three online articles on LGBT History in Scotland which Bob Cant has written to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of his book, ‘Footsteps and Witnesses: Lesbian and gay lifestories from Scotland’. You can access it here The second article will appear in September and the […]

Scotland Holds Second TUC LGBT Conference

Trade union members from across Scotland are gathering in Glasgow this weekend to debate issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace. The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is holding an LGBT workers’ conference for a second year. Homophobia in the workplace is still a significant problem and many employees are […]

Scots Campaigners Fear Attempt to Resurrect Section 28

Scottish Equality Network Policy Co-ordinator Tom French (in the thumbnail picture) raised fears that anti-same sex marriage campaigners intend to use the same sex marriage legislation – due to be read in Holyrood on March the 20th – to revive Section 28. This follows a statement by a leading protest group suggesting the prevention of […]

Council Leader's Indiscretion Could Show a Change in Attitude

Tongues are wagging in Glasgow after the Labour leader of the Council Gordon Matheson was caught in an ‘act of indecency’ in a city park. Tipped off by a passer-by, the police investigated and found Matheson committing the act. They followed up by reporting the incident to the procurator fiscal, who declined to take any […]

Singer Horse 'Weds' in Her Native Scotland

Sheena McDonald, the Scottish singer better known by her stage name Horse, returned to her native Lanark in Scotland to enter into a civil partnership with her partner Alanna. Sheena, 54, left the town when she was young to escape the homophobic abuse she underwent. Attacked verbally and with violence by her own peers, she realised she […]

Equivocal Government Statement Raises Section 28 Revival Fears in Scotland

Scotland’s Equality Network was asking for clarity yesterday after an equivocal statement from a Government spokesperson implied LGBT issues could be ‘censored’ from the curriculum. It all began with right-wing Scottish lobby group Scotland for Marriage protesting outside a public forum at Renfrew Town Hall. They were there to remonstrate with SNP ministers – who wish to legalise […]

Scottish parliament to vote on same-sex marriage

Holyrood has pipped the Commons to the post by announcing plans to introduce a bill to perform same-sex marriages ahead of Northern Ireland, England and Wales. The Scottish Government intends to go ahead with the Bill despite opposition from religious groups and calls for a referendum by the Catholic Church of Scotland. If introduced, same sex couples […]