Unionists just outside Glasgow City Chambers have launched a verbal homophobic attack on Austin Sheridan, out gay SNP Councillor for Baillieston at Glasgow City Council, on Friday evening.
UPDATE: Police have now detained the homophobic attacker described below.
Sheridan told KaleidoScot that has just left his work at the City Chambers when he was approached by two men who noticed him wearing a Yes badge, and another saying “I only kiss boys who vote Yes.
He captured the incident on his mobile phone, “I filmed the attack with my phone for my own protection,” he stated.
In the video a man approached the Councillor shouting at him: “Stick your independence up your ass.
“No surrender, no surrender!!
“Scum, nationalist scum!”
While another approached Sheridan screaming: “Its not your fucking country, why don’t you fuck off, why don’t you fuck!
“You can film me all day, Scotland said no, you fucking poofter, fuck off!”
Sheridan told KaleidoScot: “I’ve accepted the democratic decision of Scotland but it is totally unacceptable that unionists use the result as means of intimidation, any intimidation is totally wrong.
“All homophobic and transphobic attacks are unacceptable, it is totally unacceptable and ridiculous that one’s sexuality, ethnicity, religious belief, political views, gender, or any other issue, should be used as an excuse to attack anyone.
“I will be working hard with all Scottish politicians to make sure there is no intimidation following referendum because Scotland must unite one.”
Update Saturday 20 September – Sheridan just stated that “the guy who launched a homophobic attack on me at George Square yesterday has been detained by police.”
A large crowd of Unionists and Orange Order supporters have congregated on George Square, right in front of Glasgow City Chambers, shouting abuse at Yes campaigners and waving the Union Jack flags in celebration of the referendum No vote.
The Councillor said he will be report the incident later to the police as they are currently busy trying to control the large unionist crowd, with reports coming in via social media of widespread disorder and other attacks on people identified as Yes supporters.
Commenting on the incident, Rob McDowall, Member of the Equality Council and Chair of LGBT Network charity, told KaleidoScot: “The scenes in George Square tonight highlight the very real danger of over-stoking the fire.
“The sad fact is that Glasgow didn’t vote for this, it voted Yes for independence. Homophobia and bigotry isn’t welcome in a modern Scotland and it is each of our responsibilities to tackle it. We already have very clear legislation in Scotland which is reflected in the seriousness in the offence charged and the sentences imposed on those found guilty of hate crimes.”
Speaking with KaleidoScot, Darren Young of the Better Together condemned the attack: “Homophobic attacks are deplorable and have no place in Scotland, regardless of your view on what the referendum was, yes or no.
“Having worked alongside Police Scotland with regards to Third Party Reporting, I know that Police Scotland will take this issue seriously and we need to tackle these attitudes and ensure that these incidents are reported to the police.”