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We submit our views to conversion practices consultation

April 2, 2024

This week we submitted our views to a Scottish government consultation on proposals to end conversion practices in Scotland. If passed, a new law could outlaw conversion practices of all kinds, and also create better support systems for victims. Our…

We submit our views to conversion practices consultation
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Humanist Society interview series: Icelandic feminist and trans activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir

March 26, 2024

We spoke to Ugla, a writer and feminist and trans campaigner, about fighting for LGBT+ rights in their native Iceland, including recent successes on ending conversion practices and gender recognition reform. We’re entering a crucial period in the fight for…

Humanist Society interview series: Icelandic feminist and trans activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir
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Humanist Society interview series: Erin Lux of Equality Network on conversion practices

March 18, 2024

We’re going to be making lots of noise this year about the need to end conversion practices in Scotland. These abusive acts continue to be forced on too many of our LGBT+ citizens. To find out more, we spoke to…

Humanist Society interview series: Erin Lux of Equality Network on conversion practices
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End Conversion Practices

We support the right of LGBT+ people in Scotland to live the life they choose, free from coercive and abusive practices aimed at changing their sexual orientation or gender identity.

End Conversion Practices
Brian Souter gesticulates with his arms as he speaks. He is wearing a blue suit with a stagecoach logo and has short brown hair, balding on top.

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter

February 14, 2024

We were delighted to contribute our thoughts and findings on Brian Souter’s charitable interests for a piece in The Guardian on Humza Yousaf’s renewed relationship with the businessman. Severin Carrell’s article of 14 February reveals that Souter has given £650,000…

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter
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On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven

February 11, 2024

We explore the lives of seven pioneering medical students who shaped the course of scientific history and women’s rights. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is about recognising the achievements of women and girls across all fields of…

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven
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The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland
A humanist celebrant conducting a wedding ceremony for a couple, Andrew and Callum. The photo is taken mid-vows in front of flower wreaths and a large window looking out to fields. The celebrant wears a blue dress and raises a hand. The couple stand either side of her in magenta velvet suits.

The year in good news

December 18, 2023

The new year is approaching. And the world feels like a dark and scary place in lots of ways. So, to warm the cockles during the festive season, here’s an incomplete rundown of some good news for humanists across 2023,…

The year in good news
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Kate Forbes and the return of anti-abortion politics

December 5, 2023

Kate Forbes’s latest comments on buffer-zone legislation have us wondering: what has changed in our culture to allow voices like hers to thrive? At the end of last month, Kate Forbes MSP gave an interview with the Catholic news outlet…

Kate Forbes and the return of anti-abortion politics
Dave Brackenridge, wearing a black jumper with a microphone in his hand and lectern infront of him, evangelises to an audience live on YouTube.

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools

November 13, 2023

An article in The National reveals that Dave Brackenridge is the CEO of Rookie Rockstars, a charity operating in several Scottish primary schools. He was recently recorded making comments about the First Minister, Rishi Sunak (whom he mistakenly calls a…

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools
A black and white photograph of a wedding ceremony, taken from the back of the ceremony hall/room looking down between two aisles of guests to the couple and celebrant. To the left, Kendal wears a black dress with white pattern and smiles at the couple. To the right is a bride wearing a white dress and groom in suit with kilt. They both smile and laugh.

Humanist Society interview series: Kendal Delaney

July 24, 2023

Our Humanist Society interview series is about meeting inspiring people. This includes members of our community bringing humanist values into their daily lives. We can’t think of a better example of this than Humanist Society-trained celebrant Kendal Delaney. Kendal is…

Humanist Society interview series: Kendal Delaney