Same-sex marriage is now legal in seventeen countries accross the world. Yet, according to Stonewall two thirds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Scotland alone have been verbally abused, a third have been physically attacked. We exlore how the challengest that the LGBT community face across the globe.
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She has been campaigning for LGBT equality in Scotland since she was 17. Member of the first gay youth group in Scotland, Edinburgh and the Lothians Lesbian and Gay Youth Movement, in the 1980s. She has been a member of the Equality Network since 2001, and has worked with them on their campaigns, including for civil partnership, hate crime law, anti-discrimination law, and equal marriage.She now works for LGBT Finance, writing for their community website and twitterfeed. She is an activist, a writer, and a web addict. She blogs as EdinburghEye.
She did a talk at the Edinburgh University Innovative Learning Week on the history of Prides in Edinburgh and her personal involvement in LGBT activism for the past 30 years.
After screenings, she will talk her own experience as a former youth campaigner in the 1980s in Scotland.
When Russian President Vladimir Putin banned gay "propaganda" in June 2013, Russia's LGBT community went from being a stigmatised fringe group to full-blown enemies of the state.The Vice team travelled to Russia ahead of February's Sochi Winter Olympics to investigate the effects of the country's state-sanctioned homophobia by meeting everyone: from young members of Moscow's LGBT community and core gay rights activists, to one of Putin's spin doctors and the lawmaker behind the repressive anti-gay propaganda law.