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A new Scottish Executive initiative combating bullying in schools will involve LGBT Youth Scotland, the Edinburgh-based charity that works with young gay people. The Better Futures programme will be run in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health, and recognizes the high level of homophobic abuse and targeting of ‘queer’ kids in Scotland’s schools. Predictably, the initative has faced criticism from the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

Glasgow’s PHACE Scotland, which supports gay and bisexual men with HIV, has agreed in principle to merge with the Terence Higgins Trust to create THT Scotland. The link-up aims to provide stronger sexual health services, workshops and training for men at risk in Scotland.

Hats off to Paddy Tomkins. The policeman, who is leaving his post as Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police to become Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, was bestowed with the Gay Police Association’s annual award, for his contribution to LGBT equality.

OurStory Scotland is gearing up for the culmination of its four-year national storytelling project. The Storytelling Ceilidh will be held in Glasgow’s Trades Hall on 4 Nov, from 7.30pm, and follows the Rainbow City exhibition in Edinburgh, a series of countrywide yarn-spinning events, and the creation of a national archive of LGBT lives curated by the National Museums of Scotland. As well as the all-female Belle Star ceilidh band there will be visual storytelling, specially commissioned artwork, and a ‘speak out’ session to bring stories to life. Tickets are available from SECxtra in the St Enoch Centre, Glasgow for £15 (£12), or phone 08700 132652 to book.

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