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    19 Reasons Why It's Wonderful To Be Gay In Scotland

    From gender neutral loos to the brilliant Susan Calman, being gay in Scotland is a beautiful thing.

    1. We literally have more pandas than Tory MPs.

    And have you ever seen David Mundell look this adorable going down a slide?

    2. But even the leader of the Scottish Conservatives is a lesbian.

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    Oh, Ruth Davidson. The only Tory I'd ever want to form a coalition with.

    3. We have our own version of The L Word – even if it was set in Glasgow rather than LA.

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    Oh, Lip Service. The Polo Lounge never looked so glamourous. #RIPCat

    4. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow universities have gender neutral toilets.

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    Whether you're trans, CIS, non-binary or just really need the loo, thanks to Edinburgh and Glasgow's student unions you can have a wee without being menaced by the dinosaurs of transphobia and gender conformity.

    5. That kiss at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

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    6. Aberdeen University’s LGBT society is called AbFab.

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    And this is what their meetings look like. Probably.

    7. We gave the world Susan Calman.

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    No thanks needed, it was a civic duty. We want her back if independence goes through, though.

    8. Our equal marriage is more equal than yours.

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    In the rest of the UK, married transgender people need to get written consent from their spouse before they can get legal recognition of their gender. This is called the "spousal veto" and Scotland voted to have it removed from the equal marriage bill. Because we're just that awesome.

    9. Glasgow University.

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    It was voted one of the best universities for gay and bisexual students in the UK. And it looks like Hogwarts.

    10. Men in kilts.

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    There's something gloriously progressive about a country whose national dress blurs gender lines. Especially if you've got the thighs to carry it off.

    11. Every year, we host the world's biggest arts festival.

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    And it's absolutely brilliant.

    12. Loads of our best writers are queer.

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    Val McDermid, Jackie Kay, Damian Barr, Kirsty Logan, Ali Smith... I could go on, or you could just buy Out There, an anthology of prose and poetry from LGBT Scottish writers.

    13. The Church of Scotland voted to allow gay ministers – including ones in civil partnerships.

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    So the Archdeacon from Rev could move to Scotland if he wanted.

    14. An independent Scotland would be great for LGBT people.

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    The majority of gay voters support independence, and all major parties have said that LGBT rights would be outlined in a written constitution – except the Conservatives. Tut tut, Ruth Davidson.

    15. Alan Cumming – he's here, he's queer, he's wearing a kilt.

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    One of Scotland's best-loved exports, Cumming may not live here anymore but he's been using his celebrity to wave the Saltire for independence. Please feel free to imagine him and a James Bond-era Sean Connery mud-wrestling to decide who's more patriotic.

    16. John Barrowman.

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    Everyone on the planet (and a few others, thanks to his trip in the TARDIS) knows that John Barrowman is gay. But did you know he was also Scottish?

    17. Glasgay!

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    Forget Pride – if you want to paint the town rainbow, head to Glasgow in the autumn for the brilliant Glasgay arts festival. But don't get so drunk after drinking too many sambuccas with the cute butch at the bar that you forget everything you've just seen. Trust me on this one.

    18. It's full of queer-friendly cultural spaces.

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    Many a lesbian has applied to Edinburgh University after spending time in the dyke-tastic socialist bookshop Word-Power.

    19. We offer asylum to people facing homophobic persecution

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    Thanks to having our own parliament, we can extend asylum to countries that persecute LGBT people without having to get Westminster to agree.

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