It is sad, I have found Edinburgh to be one of the most accepting places I have lived and have live in my street for 10 years without incident. I guess no where is immune, ohh my poor city :(
can echo that. I lived there a decade ago and it is still one of the most tolerant cities I have ever lived in. That being said, I did witness a very brual assault on someone presumed to be gay (but wasn’t). The police investigating the attack were absolutely super though and should a clearheaded zero tolerance approach to antigay violence
It is sad that there is homophobia everywhere, and Edinburgh (in my experience) is both a lovely city, friendly and accepting …
I would say, from a policing perspective, that Lothian & Borders police have made some of the most thoughtful and respectful responses to issues of homophobia in terms of the research I am undertaking in hate crimes compared to forces across the UK
I still love my city, my neighbours and the folk in general here. And any dealings I have had with the police has always been pleasant and understanding. And any assigned to the pink triangle are always cheerful and good humoured.
totally agree about Lothian and Borders. You may have come across a very brutal assault on a Japanese tourist who went to Calton Hill at night to photograph Princes Street because that is what his guide book told him to do. He wasn’t gay but because of where he was (a known cruising spot) his attackers presumed he was. I was a witness and can vouch for the fact the police pulled out all the stops to capture and prosecute the individuals, who had been responsible for a whole string of very violent antigay attacks. One of the saddest things about it was that although the police had known about the attacks, the gay men concerned had until that point refused to press charges or even speak to the police meaning investigations had been fruitless until this Japanese man was attacked and did press charges.
Did they arrest anyone for the September 20th attack? Could be the same people?
I have no idea, until recently (well till I started reading PN) I never paid attention to the news (in no small part to not having a tv lol) but unfortunatly it is always possible. As Stu sad it is sad that everywhere has issues with homophobia and Edinburgh is no different. Still love my home though :)
I walked near three people having an heated discussion in the street, then as I walked on past they started fighting. I just left them too it. Thankfully I’m safe back in England.