More than a piece of policy: Scotland’s trans youth say it’s time to see the humans behind the headlines
Following a year of intense debate around ‘gender recognition’, five trans young people speak to Caitlin Logan about what it really means to be trans in Scotland today
CAMERON was 14 years old when he first had the language to pinpoint why his mental health had deteriorated two years earlier as puberty came knocking: he was trans. Now, an 18-year-old computer science student, he sits in a bustling coffee shop next to a table of burly men and speaks with the good-humoured ease of any other boy his age.
Primark-Stonewall Pride range slammed for shady LGBT rights links
Pride organisers call out lack of local benefit and unethical production concerns in LGBT charity’s Primark partnership
RETAIL GIANT Primark’s Pride range, which will donate 20 per cent of profits to LGBT charity Stonewall UK, has come under fire after it emerged that the products will be manufactured in Turkey, China and Myanmar – all of which have poor LGBT rights records.
The World This Week: Tune in to our brand new global news podcast
Presenters Carolyn Scott and Jack Foster team up with CommonSpace for new offering
WELCOME to the first in a brand new global news programme on CommonSpace in partnership with broadcasters and presenters Carolyn Scott and Jack Foster.
Scott and Foster will be known to new media listeners and readers in Scotland after their time at NewsShaft, and we're delighted to be working with them to offer this comprehensive new podcast featuring key pieces of both Scottish and global news across each week, complete with interviews and analysis of events.
Equal recognition: How the law on gender recognition is impacting on trans lives
Three voices backing the campaign to change the Gender Recognition Act share their stories with CommonSpace
“THE acceptance by the government of my self-declared gender represents an important validation that my truth is my right to determine, and that the foundation of my life as a woman is secure and protected. I am yet to achieve such validation.”
Explainer: the campaign for equal recognition for trans people
LGBT activists are seeking to make it easier for trans people to change their legal gender
THE Equality Network and Scottish Trans Alliance are urging the Scottish Parliament to make three key changes to the Gender Recognition Act (2004) to support trans people in Scotland.
The campaign was launched in 2014 by Scottish Trans Alliance, which is the Equality Network project to promote equality and inclusion based on gender identity and gender reassignment.
Caitlin Logan: Is Tim Farron anti-gay or anti-abortion, and does it really matter?
CommonSpace columnist Caitlin Logan takes a closer look at Tim Farron's voting record and says it's not as simple as it seems
IT HAS been hard to miss the coverage in recent days in which Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron’s views on gay people and same-sex relationships have been questioned.
Caitlin Logan: Why the Witsherface homophobia row shouldn’t be laughed off by Yessers
Writer Caitlin Logan says the controversial Witsherface comedy sketch should have no place in the independence movement
SO, a few days have passed and that Witsherface sketch, and the ensuing reaction, is still bothering me.
Over the rainbow? Interview with Matt Todd about how to be gay and happy
Former Attitude editor thinks gay men have demons to beat, and the first step is to talk more openly about our problems
TEN years ago, I stood in a newsagents in Waverley train station, Edinburgh, as a nervous gay teenager and paused before buying the gay lifestyle magazine, Attitude, thinking it too embarrassing to take to a till operator.