Tag Archives: Scotland

HIV and £££

Three contrasting stories around HIV hit our in-tray at BCN this month. Between them they highlight how different health provision is slowly becoming around Britain. This is something which may become even more marked with the new elected “super-Mayors” in places like Liverpool, Bristol and the West Midlands, as they acquire health policy powers for areas covering millions of people. […]

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Scotland approves anti-HIV drug

Yesterday (Monday 10th April) Scotland became the first of the UK nations to approve the provision of PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) by the NHS to prevent HIV. Following a rigorous process the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced that PrEP, the HIV prevention drug, has been deemed a cost-effective treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV and will be made available […]

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TIE report highlighted in Holyrood

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Last year we reported on a report from the Time for Inclusive Education campaign exploring experience of schools in Scotland among LGBT current pupils and those who have recently left. The report was raised by opposition member Monica Lennon MSP in debate yesterday, prompting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to promise it was to be acted on – as well as […]

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Bi At School in 2016

25% of bisexual pupils and former school pupils report self harming regularly as a result of bullying, while another 7% self-harmed once. A new report from the Time for Inclusive Education campaign explores LGBT experience of schools in Scotland among current pupils and those who have recently left. It’s based on two surveys – one of pupils, the other of […]

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Fighting Section 28 in Scotland

I arrived in Scotland from New Zealand in March 1997, and soon after woke up to headlines saying “No Tory Seats in Scotland”. So, I never had a lot of experience with living as a bisexual in Tory Britain. Then came the referendum and devolution – I stayed up all night to watch the results. My mother, a Scot, said […]

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MSPs to talk LGBT for the night

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The Scottish Parliament elections are coming up at the start of May and this Thursday sees an LGBT+ hustings in Edinburgh. The organisers say, “Scotland has come a long way for LGBT equality, but we must not be complacent. Whoever forms the next Scottish Government needs to do more to ensure that LGBT people all across Scotland are safe, respected […]

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BiFest Scotland announces its workshops

This year’s BiFest Scotland will be held on Saturday 24 October at the Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY From 2pm – 6pm there will be a series of discussion workshops, followed from 7pm to 10pm by evening entertainment. The programme of workshops has now been announced and includes: * Speed Friending * Bisexuality and Ethnicity […]

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Bis fall short at Scottish LGBTI Awards

The results are in for the inaugural Scottish LGBTI Awards – with two bi community nominees going away empty handed. Ayrshire LGBTQ beat Edinburgh bisexual group Bi & Beyond to the title of Community Group of the year. And BiCon lost out to LGBT Unity Scotland for the Diversity Award, which recognises the people and initiatives which have sought to involve […]

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