Before 1975, Edinburgh was a Royal Burgh within the county of Midlothian. Between 1975 and 1996 it was part of the Lothian region. Since the introduction of single-tier local government throughout Scotland in 1996, the City of Edinburgh has been a unitary authority. Edinburgh is now the home of the devolved Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament.
The City of City of Edinburgh Council, Equalities Network is a former member of the LGBT Consortium:
- "City of Edinburgh Council Equality Unit support the Council in the implentation of its strategy of mainstreaming equalities issues. They aim to engage equalities groups in Council decision-making by supporting the work of 5 equality forums, including one for LGBT people."
Pride marches (currently Pride Scotia) have been held in Edinburgh since 1994.