Law tightens for the LGBT community

Listen to interviews with MSP Patrick Harvie (Scottish Greens) and Tim Hopkins (Equality Network) by Ashley Toner

MSP Patrick Harvie

MSP Patrick Harvie

The Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill is currently going through the Scottish Parliament. If successful, it will create provisions in the law which will formally recognise homophobia and transphobia as aggravations for hate crime.

The Justice Committee will meet next week to hear evidence including research prepared by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations throughout the country.

The bill was introduced in parliament by Patrick Harvie MSP on the 19th May 2008. He gave an exclusive interview to Dunedin Napier News expressing his hopes for the bill.

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Know the Score

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A nationwide anti-drug campaign kicked off in the capital this morning. The ‘Know the Score’ initative is being rolled out across the country this weekend to educate clubbers of the dangers of cocaine.

Click here to listen to the full audio report by Ashley Toner.

Annual Blood Shortage

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The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service reported this month that blood donations are at a record low. And despite all their media campaigns, they are anticipating a further decrease this festive season.

Click here for the full story, including an exclusive interview with Jennifer Wilson of the National Blood Transfusion Service, by Ashley Toner.

Improving Family Life for Same Sex Couples

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Most couples in the UK don’t have to fight to be considered mums and dads in the eyes of the law. But many same-sex couples do. Stonewall Scotland have worked tirelessly to change the adoption and fostering regulations in Britain.

What if a gay couple decide to plan for a child together?

And can lesbian couples access safe, legal fertility treatment?

Click here to listen to the full story, including an interview with Stonewall Scotland, by Ashley Toner.

 

Prepare for the campest Halloween ever!

That’s right – prepare for the campest Halloween party to ever hit Glasgow because the Polo Lounge are conjuring up a treat! Said to be their biggest horror party of the year, this one is not to be missed. Head along to the Merchant City on Friday 31st October for ‘A Nightmare on Wilson Street’.

The frightening frolics kick off in the early evening next door in sister venue, Delmonica’s. DJ Leah is on the decks spinning out the best in house, dance and chart. A packed entertainment schedule has been planned, with a ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ on the line up. There are also special Halloween ‘treats’ for those in fancy dress. But be sure to pick up your exclusive after-party passes where the fun will continue long into the night through in Polo, where cash prizes are up for grabs for the best costume.

P!nk’s New Album

 

P!NK’S FUNHOUSE

Did anyone else count the days till this freakin’ gorgeous badass superstar finally released her fifth studio album? I DID! Acht! I just could not wait for Funhouse, the latest fireball of sound to be hurled in our direction from the punk princess herself. So, here it goes, my first impressions of Funhouse, P!nk‘s latest album… Read On!

It must be a daunting experience to release a fifth studio record on top of a previous four which have accounted for such momentous success in the music industry. Pink’s career took off in 2001 following a realisation that she wanted to break the mould of traditional solo female singer-songwriters. Her second album, M!ssundaztood, reflected this perfectly. It remains her most successful album to date, and boasts her first ever UK number one single – Just Like a Pill. Almost five years later in 2006, I’m Not Dead launched P!nk back into the limelight after some disappointing responses and harsh criticisms of her earlier 2003 record, Try This

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Sarah Mac Band – THE REVIEW

When was the last time you accidentally stumbled upon an album which quite possibly altered your perceptions of heartfelt music for good? Well, Awakening by the Sarah Mac Band just might do it for you.

Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, they pride themselves in having established their musical collective out of long existing friendships – friendships which are beautifully unique and span generations. Charlie Vanture, Claire Swindell, and Sarah McElhaney released their first debut EP Countdown to Silence in 2006. They later recruited Keli Swearingen (of the late hard rock band, The Audience) to complete their line-up. Together they have created an absolute stormer of an album which displays reoccurring themes of survival and strength.

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‘Open Fire’, which is track nine of a generous twelve, is by far the best feminist anthem I have heard this side of 2008. I have no hesitation in crediting it as the strongest track on Awakening, comprising of emotionally charged lyrics such as “where did you learn that/ this was any variation of normal” and “I can’t speak cos I’m so damn angry/ I don’t ask much just act like you love me”. The track threw the band into the lime light when Paste Magazine featured it on their CD sampler last May. It has since proven to be popular among fans who appreciate the lyrical ensembles of personal experiences and intense observations.

Claire Swindell, the band’s multi-talented bassist, explained to me in a recent interview that the song demonstrates our human desire for love. The album as a whole overflows with lyrical creativity which reflects the vast emotions that women experience everyday. Claire explained, “We are pretty convinced that one of the most common human desires is to be known. But for the most part, we all live these guarded lives, afraid to let people know who we are.”

The band believe that the concept of ‘awakening’ was a very appropriate way to frame their first full album together, and hope that their brutal honesty contribute to the reasons why people love them. Awakening should be a definite purchase for those who appreciate truly original and heartfelt music.

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