Fraser Sutherland address a crowd (not visible) from a podium wearing a blue suit and green tweed tie against a purple wall. He has short brown hair and his hands opened as if to clarify a point.

Our CEO interviewed in The National on religious rep education votes

May 29, 2023

Our CEO Fraser Sutherland spoke to The National‘s Steph Brawn in an interview published on Sunday 28 May. He outlined our opposition to the “historical hangover” of religious representatives having voting rights on local education committees. Fraser and Steph also…

Our CEO interviewed in The National on religious rep education votes
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Humanist Society interviews: Gemma Clark

May 22, 2023

At Humanist Society Scotland, we love talking to inspiring campaigners. We got to know abortion-rights activist and primary schoolteacher Gemma Clark through her awareness-raising work on the need for buffer zones around abortion services. Scotland is the last part of…

Humanist Society interviews: Gemma Clark
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Highland Council removes votes from religious representatives on education committee

May 15, 2023

We are delighted to hear that Highland Council has voted to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. The motion passed on Thursday 11 May by 40 votes to 17, a big margin of victory and…

Highland Council removes votes from religious representatives on education committee
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Orkney Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

May 4, 2023

The Humanist Society welcomes the news that Orkney Council has removed voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. The motion, presented by Councillors John Ross Scott and Kristopher Leask of the Green Party, passed in a 12-to-9…

Orkney Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee
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Schools did not provide balance to anti-abortion visits: Humanist Society comments in The Herald

May 2, 2023

We were pleased to have our say in a new article in The Herald revealing that eight Scottish local authorities which allowed an anti-abortion group to speak to pupils about reproductive health failed to provide alternative, pro-choice visits. The Society…

Schools did not provide balance to anti-abortion visits: Humanist Society comments in The Herald
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Our priorities for Humza Yousaf

April 25, 2023

The current parliamentary term could be a pivotal time for humanism in Scotland. We look forward to the passing of a law to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, and we hope that new rules will follow to ensure…

Our priorities for Humza Yousaf
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Humanist Society interviews: Joe Goldblatt of Interfaith Edinburgh

April 10, 2023

Professor Joe Goldblatt is an academic and writer who serves as chair of Edinburgh Interfaith Association, the oldest organisation of its kind in Scotland. Humanist Society Scotland got to know Joe and EIA through our work together on the Scottish…

Humanist Society interviews: Joe Goldblatt of Interfaith Edinburgh
Vic Valentine addresses a pro-trans rights rally infront of a sign asking MSPs to vote for the GRA reform bill. People around them hold placards that read "Trans Rights Now" and they wave trans pride flags.

Humanist Society interviews: Vic Valentine of Scottish Trans Alliance

March 31, 2023

Today, 31 March 2023, is International Trans Day of Visibility. Humanist Society Scotland has a long relationship with Scotland’s LGBT+ communities and the last 12 months have been significant and trying ones for trans people in Scotland. Holyrood passed a…

Humanist Society interviews: Vic Valentine of Scottish Trans Alliance
Humza Yousaf stands in a blue suit in front of a balcony with an internal courtyard space and circular windows beyond.

Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates

March 8, 2023

Ten days ago, on 27 February 2023, we wrote an open letter to the three candidates for leadership of the SNP, Kate Forbes, Ash Regan, and Humza Yousaf, asking for assurances on some our key commitments this year. Humza Yousaf…

Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates
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Humanist Society backs removing religious voting rights from Fife education committee

March 1, 2023

We’re calling for greater democratic accountability in Fife’s local authority by backing a campaign to remove voting rights from religious representatives on its education committee. Councillors will have a chance to make this change when they vote on a motion…

Humanist Society backs removing religious voting rights from Fife education committee
Parliamentary portraits of Kate Forbes, Humza Yousaf, and Ash Regan arranged from left to right.

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes

February 27, 2023

The following open letter was sent to all candidates for leadership of the Scottish National Party on 27 February 2023. We asked for assurances related to some of our key commitments this year: smooth implementation of assisted dying legislation; bringing…

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes