Gender Recognition Act
We support a person’s right to live as and be legally recognised as the gender that they identify with.
A little bit of Australia in Scotland
July 1, 2022
This morning Humanist Society Scotland Chief Exec, Fraser Sutherland, and Policy and Campaign Officer, Will Norton, had the honour of meeting Fiona Patten MP, a member of the Parliament of Victoria in Australia. For years, Fiona has been a champion…
Officiant of first same sex marriage in Scotland marries
June 30, 2022
We mark the end of Pride month, with a ‘good news story’ of our own, which also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in Scotland. More than 7 years after he officiated the first same…
Young Humanists challenge rejection of LGBT inclusive materials
December 8, 2020
Humanist Society Scotland raise concerns with Western Isles Council and the Scottish Government about Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decision to reject the use of new Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood materials in schools under their control, and replace them with more restrictive materials, because of religious objections to the inclusive of LGBT identities and lifestyles.
New research reveals Scots’ tolerance
December 28, 2018
A new research report by Humanist Society Scotland has shown that tolerance in Scotland to people of different faiths or none in Scotland is very high amongst the Scottish public. However the report authors, Humanist Society Scotland, cite concern about…
We support trans rights law and mixed-sex civil partnerships
March 1, 2018
Humanist Society Scotland has lodged support for the Scottish Government’s proposals on changes to the Gender Recognition Act but demand action on allowing equal access to civil partnerships. Responding to the consultation, the Humanist Society welcomed the change to a…
Formal apology to men convicted of abolished sexual offences
November 7, 2017
Humanist Society Scotland welcomes today’s statement by the Scottish First Minister to apologise for past convictions of gay men for crimes that are now abolished. However, they have called for more work on tackling bigoted homophobic views that still permeate…
Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in Malawi
May 24, 2017
Guest Blog by Alan Msosa, Malawian Commonwealth Scholar for PhD in Human Rights at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre. The current debate on homosexuality in Malawi has exposed the government’s failure to come up with a position on whether LGBT…
Unelected religious rep condemned for LGBTI comments
February 8, 2017
An unelected ‘religious representative’ has used his position on a Highland Council education committee to criticise the alleged ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in schools.
Well done Joe and Malx!
December 31, 2014
Scotland’s first same-sex weddings took place at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay as Joe and Malx became the first to tie-the-knot in a marriage ceremony following the passage of Scotland’s historic equal marriage legislation earlier this year. The first…
‘Cautious welcome’ for new guidelines on sex education
December 12, 2014
Reacting to the publication, by the Scottish Government, of new guidance on Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) education, the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) acknowledges positive steps taken to acknowledge ‘lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships in a positive manner’. However,…