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 interview series: 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 interview series: 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
The famous concrete hippos public artwork in Glenrothes, Fife, home of Fife council.

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
Bute House in Edinburgh, the first minister's official residence.

Humanist Society Scotland on Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation

February 15, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland notes the resignation of Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. As first minister Ms Sturgeon has led Scotland through a time of progressive change, including improving LGBT+ inclusive education in schools, strengthening children’s rights and, more recently, overseeing…

Humanist Society Scotland on Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation
A group of campaigners hold a banner in a street in Glasgow that reads "Every Mother A Willing Mother, Every Child A Wanted Child" with the Humanist Society Scotland logo on it. There are five women, one speaking into a megaphone.

Humanist Society supports abortion education petition

February 6, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland has written in support of teacher Gemma Clark’s petition to ensure that children at schools in Scotland have access to medically sound, non-biased abortion education. Ms Clark wrote to the Scottish Parliament’s Citizen Participation and Public Petitions…

Humanist Society supports abortion education petition
Anti abortion protesters standing outside a hospital

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools

December 19, 2022

An expose by The Herald newspaper uncovered how extensive access is given to anti-abortion group SPUC in Scottish schools.

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools
young person thinking

My Beliefs, My Choice

In Scotland children and young people have no right to opt themselves out of acts of religious observance at school. We call on the Scottish Government to make all religious observance in Scottish schools opt in.

My Beliefs, My Choice
A voting box bearing a religious symbol

Fair School Votes

In Scotland the law requires that each council reserves three seats for local church leaders on their education committee. These seats are unelected and in most areas full voting rights are conferred on the seat holders. We think this is wrong.

Fair School Votes

Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland

May 24, 2022

After John Swinney MSP made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the future of the UNCRC bill and vowed to ‘bold’ on children’s rights in Scotland, Humanist Society Scotland have questioned why progress has been glacial on reforms highlighted to be needed by the committee.

Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland
A voting box bearing a religious symbol

We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights

May 11, 2022

We have written to all of Scotland’s local councils urging them to end voting rights for non-elected church representatives sitting on local education committees.

We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights