The trans pride flag flying against a bright sky

Gender Recognition Act

We support a person’s right to live as and be legally recognised as the gender that they identify with.

Gender Recognition Act

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…

A little bit of Australia in Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland Celebrant Ross Wright and his husband, Efrain Acosta, holding hands and laughing while guests throw flowers as confetti

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…

Officiant of first same sex marriage in Scotland marries

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.

Young Humanists challenge rejection of LGBT inclusive materials

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…

New research reveals Scots’ tolerance

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…

We support trans rights law and mixed-sex civil partnerships

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…

Formal apology to men convicted of abolished sexual offences

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…

Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in Malawi

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.

Unelected religious rep condemned for LGBTI comments

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…

Well done Joe and Malx!

‘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,…

‘Cautious welcome’ for new guidelines on sex education