A growing intolerance of intolerance itself

Attitudes in Scotland towards vulnerable minorities are undoubtedly changing. There is a growing intolerance of intolerance itself. With barriers to equality for gay men and women having been systematically dismantled over recent years, culminating most recently in the equal marriage legislation, it is now the bigots, rather than their targets, who are finding themselves left out in the cold. Men and women who are gay, bisexual or transgender, disabled people and those of different racial backgrounds and nationalities living in Scotland, who might once have endured prejudiced bullying, insults and attacks as a miserable but inevitable part of life, now recognise that they do not have to put up with such vile treatment. They have greater confidence the police will take their complaints seriously and do something about them, says a leader in The Herald



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