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Have your say on reproductive services in Scotland

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This week is National LBT Women’s Health Week and the Equality Network are seeking views on reproductive and and fertility services in Scotland. Bisexual, lesbian and trans women experience significant health inequalities compared to the wider population, and the survey will help inform the Network’s work to change that. “We’ve had a great response to our survey on LGBTI people’s […]

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Last Call! Scottish Hate Crime Review

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The Scottish Parliament have been conducting a consultation of public’s views on proposed changes to the Scottish Hate Crime legislation. These include adding gender and age as categories of hate to be recognised alongside race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and trans identity. The public meetings have come to an end and there’s just two days left to have your say […]

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Will Scotland leapfrog Wales?

Scotland is set to make LGBT+ inclusive sex and relationship education part of the curriculum nationwide. In a huge victory for the TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign, the Scottish government have accepted all their recommendations for changes to schooling that will help to address biphobia, transphobia and homophobia in schools, to have teaching on sex and relationships that includes […]

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Scottish Pardon passes into law without opposition

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Bisexual and gay men in Scotland will receive automatic pardons for historical convictions made under homophobic laws. Under the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill, which has been passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament, men will also have convictions of same-sex sexual activity that is now legal removed from central criminal conviction records. Last year, First Minister Nicol Sturgeon […]

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Scottish party leaders unite in apology

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The leaders of all five parties in the Scottish Parliament have spoken out today as the Parliament moved to quash past offences where the person convicted would not have committed a crime if it were not for homophobic and biphobic laws. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP began with a statement offering apology to those convicted for same-sex sexual activity that […]

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“Turing” Pardons for Scotland?

The Scottish Government have announced that they will introduce a bill to pardon people convicted of the historical discriminatory ‘homosexual’ offences. The Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill follows similar legislation for Wales and England, pioneered by Manchester MP John Leech which became part of the 2017 Policing and Crime Act. This built on the pardon given to […]

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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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