Scotland to pardon gay men with historical convictions

Nicola Sturgeon offers apology in Holyrood to thousands of men prosecuted for having sex under old laws Thousands of gay men in Scotland prosecuted for having sex will be automatically pardoned in a new bill that will also allow many to get previous convictions removed from their records. The bill will pardon men who were… Read more »

Scottish same-sex couple adoptions double in three years

Figures released this month show that adoptions in Scotland by same-sex couples have doubled since 2013. There have been 97 same-sex adoptions in Scotland so far, prompting hopes that a 100th same-sex adoption will be announced within 2017 statistics. The statistics from National Records Scotland show that 5.7 percent of all adoptions were to same-sex couples… Read more »

The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favour of same-sex weddings

The Scottish Episcopal Church has become the first mainstream branch of Christianity in the UK to allow same-sex weddings. In a vote this afternoon at its General Synod, all three houses of the meeting – the bishops, clergy and laity – came out in favour. The decision was overwhelming, with at least two-thirds of all… Read more »

Scotland Embraces Gay Politicians in a Profound Cultural Shift

Glasgow — A popular tabloid called Patrick Harvie, the leader of the Scottish Green Party, a “Green threat to the family” when he ran for Parliament in 2003 — not because of his politics but because he is bisexual. When Ruth Davidson became the first openly gay leader of the Scottish Conservative Party in 2011,… Read more »

The tartan rainbow: why it’s great to be gay in Scotland

The leaders of four of Scotland’s six main political parties have come out, and the country has been identified as offering the best legal protection for gay people. But how deep does this new liberality go? The most revealing thing about Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale’s recent interview in the Fabian Review was not her… Read more »

19 Reasons Why It’s Wonderful To Be Gay In Scotland

From gender neutral loos to the brilliant Susan Calman, being gay in Scotland is a beautiful thing. Click here for a visual journey of just how great Scotland is! by Kaite Welsh – BuzzFeed Contributor Source – BuzzFeed

Scotland Approves Gay Marriage Bill

The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a gay marriage bill. After more than 4 hours of debate, lawmakers approved the bill with a 105 to 18 vote. “Today is one of those rare days where you can say as a politician ‘I’ve made a difference,’” MSP James Dornan told colleagues during the debate at… Read more »

Scotland refuses to ban ‘any church’ from providing same-sex marriages

All religious institutions – including the Church of Scotland – will be free to decide for themselves if they would like to provide marriages for gay couples, under plans announced today. The move comes after the UK Government yesterday unveiled its formal plans to allow gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013.… Read more »

LGBT Students In Scotland Driven Out Of School By Homophobic And Transphobic Bullies

Nearly 70% of all LGBT youths in Scotland have experienced homophobic bullying and are being driven out of schools, colleges and universities as a result. The shocking statistics were revealed in a report written by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland charity, who said the issue is a “worrying situation”. The survey… Read more »

Scottish government will bring forward equal marriage legislation

Equal marriage advocates have welcomed the Scottish government’s much-awaited announcement this morning that it will be bringing forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry and remove current barriers for trans people. The government will bring forward legislation that would allow gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies and religious ceremonies where faiths choose to… Read more »

Scottish opposition leaders back equal marriage

The leaders of Scotland’s four opposition parties pledged their support for equal marriage rights for gay couples yesterday. The heads of the Scottish Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties backed the Equal Marriage Pledge, which aims to lift the ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships in Scotland. Johann Lamont MSP, Ruth Davidson… Read more »

Gay UK-Scotland News & Reports 2007-11

Some gay Scots links: http://www.dv-8.com/resources/uk/scotland.html http://www.bearscots.org.uk/ http://www.sporranclan.org/ http://www.gaykilts.co.uk/ http://www.gaydadsscotland.org.uk/ http://www.scotsgay.co.uk/ (magazine) http://www.basemag.co.uk/ (magazine) http://www.gayscotland.com/ Gay-friendly hotels in Scotland: Glasgow: Devon Cove Hotel Glasgow: Belhaven Hotel Glasgow: Victorian Hotel Scotland:GNWS Hotel Accommodation Directory 1 Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 4/07 2 Nigeria loses out on Commonwealth Games 11/07 3 Police unveil LGBT community DVD… Read more »

Gay UK-Scotland News & Reports 2000-06

Some gay Scots links: http://www.dv-8.com/resources/uk/scotland.html http://www.bearscots.org.uk/ http://www.sporranclan.org/ http://www.gaykilts.co.uk/ http://www.gaydadsscotland.org.uk/ http://www.scotsgay.co.uk/ (magazine) http://www.basemag.co.uk/ (magazine) http://www.gayscotland.com/ 1 Gays revitalise a bit of urban rough Glasgow 7/00 1a Don’t tell me who I am: Interview with Jackie Kay 1/02 2 Scale Of Fire Damage To City Club Stuns Gay Community 6/02 3 Inquiry into international gay sex club… Read more »