In Out Adventures’ opinion, yes, Scotland is arguably the world’s gayest travel destination. May we present three good (and two silly) reasons why.
Good Reason: Parliament
The LGBT community is well represented in Parliament with 8 out of 56 (15%) of members listed as openly homosexual. Further, 3 of the 5 Scottish political parties have elected openly gay leaders in recent years including Patrick Harvie, Kezia Dugdale and the current leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson.
Silly Reason: Unicorns
Officialized in the 14th century, the national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. Even the peacock thought it was a queer choice.
Good Reason: Legislation
With so many elected homosexuals it only makes sense gay-friendly legislation is easily passed through parliament. Scotland has legalized civil partnerships, gay adoption and same sex marriage. It’s currently writing a gender law to better recognize nonbinary individuals. Finally, the country’s hate-crime law is hailed as one of the strongest in the world and explicitly protects the rights of the transgender community.
Silly Reason: Kilts.
The country’s signature kilts celebrate tartan AND girthy calves. Like, we don’t wanna stereotype but, like, honestly, like…
Good Reason: General Opinion
In 1999, a general opinion poll showed 48 percent of Scots thought same-sex relationships were ‘always or mostly wrong’. Today, that number has dropped to a mere 18 percent. #progress
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