The first LGBT-friendly bakery in Scotland has opened in Edinburgh, the first in the country to do so since the country introduced marriage equality in 2013.
The bakery is the first of its kind in the world and will be located in a former pub, next to a gay club.
The owners say they are proud of the work being done by the local LGBT community and their customers.
“The bakery is a great way to bring the community together, to make a real difference and help people realise that there is much more to life than the traditional straight life,” said co-owner and gay rights campaigner Brian White.
“It’s the only gay bakery in the capital, and it’s going to be the centre of the city’s gay community for a long time.”
They are opening the business on the second floor of the former Hotel Leith, which is currently a venue for live music.
The cafe, which will offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food, is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm.
Mr White said the owners wanted to be a place where everyone felt welcome and the atmosphere was welcoming.
“We want people to feel like they can relax, feel comfortable, and come and have a good time with people they like,” he said.
“In this day and age, it’s good to have a space where everyone feels welcome.”
They have also been able to get support from the Edinburgh city council, which was instrumental in opening the shop.
The city’s LGBTQ and LGBT community have been working for years to make the city a welcoming and welcoming place for all.
The group also recently launched a campaign to support a new cafe at the same site, which opened in June.
The Edinburgh City Council’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee said they were “delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the team at the new business to further our work in this area”.
They said they had also had positive feedback from the city council and local businesses, and would be happy to assist the owners in the opening of the new cafe.
They also announced the opening in June of a new LGBT cafe in Edinburgh.
They have said the cafe would offer a range of food options, from vegetarian options to traditional sandwiches and pastries.
Mr Whit said the owner of the cafe has a strong understanding of the LGBTQ community, and is a proud supporter of the LGBTI community.
“He has a good understanding of what it’s like to be gay in Edinburgh and how it can be a challenge to live out our lives in a way that we feel safe and we feel supported,” he added.
The shop is the culmination of a year of work by the group.
They started the campaign in 2013 to get a business licence for a shop on the premises, but were unsuccessful in securing approval for the establishment.
“So in 2016, we started working on this shop, and in 2017, we had the opportunity for this shop to open.
We started off with a small stall of around eight people, and now we have more than 250 people working in the shop,” Mr White explained.
The company says it has had support from local businesses and organisations including the Scottish Government and the city centre community.
Mr Brown said the shop would offer the LGBT community a “safe space” for a variety of food items.
He said the business was the first LGBT business to open up in Scotland.
“People who are struggling to find jobs in Edinburgh are being offered jobs in this shop,” he told the BBC.
They plan to be open from 6pm to 10am Monday to Saturday and 6pm-10pm on Sunday. “
When we have customers, we get a lot of support from businesses and people who know what the needs are of the community.”
They plan to be open from 6pm to 10am Monday to Saturday and 6pm-10pm on Sunday.
The business will also be available for lunch and dinner.
The owner said the staff had been working hard to make sure the shop was welcoming to everyone.
“This is not a place for those who are homophobic, it doesn’t reflect the LGBTIQ community, so we want to give people the chance to enjoy themselves,” he explained.
They said the café will be a welcoming space, with people from all walks of life, from the LGBT and non-LGBTIQ community.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week.