EDINBURGH, Scotland – Two men have been injured in a homophobic attack after they left a gay bar in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Saturday.
A 26-year-old man who had just left Planet Bar, on Baxter’s Place in Edinburgh, at 00.20, saw his friend lying injured on the ground.
As he went to help his 27-year-old friend, who had a painful eye injury, he was punched in the face by another man.
According to the two victims who wished to remain unidentified, the attacker made homophobic slurs as he punched the man before heading down Leith Walk with a woman.
He was white, between 20 and 25 years old, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build and long ear-length blond hair. He was wearing a dark blue top, light jeans and spoke with a Fife accent.
“This has been a random and unprovoked attack, which left one of the victims with a painful injury to his eye that required medical attention.
“Given the comments heard by the other victim, we are treating this as a homophobic assault and would urge anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in Picardy Place in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact police immediately.
“Similarly, anyone who recognizes the description of the suspect, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation, is also asked to come forward,” Detective Sergeant Andy MacMillan stated to STV.
Colin MacFarlane, director of the LGBT advocacy group Stonewall Scotland told GuySpy: “The sad reality for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Scots is that that they face this sort of homophobia, be it physical or verbal, every day on Scotland’s streets.
“The police response is very welcome as it shows they take homophobic hate crime seriously. Stonewall Scotland would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to the police.”