Glasgow gearing up for biggest and best ever Pride

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Charities and campaign groups will take part in Glasgow Pride

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18th August 2017 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Thousands will gather in Glasgow this weekend for the city’s annual Pride festival.

Organisers say this year’s event, a celebration of the LGBT+ community, will be the biggest yet.

The festival’s theme is #BraveEveryDay and is intended to celebrate LGBT+ families.

A spokesperson for Pride Glasgow said: “We believe every family is beautiful and everyone should be given the opportunity to have a family life without discrimination or persecution. 

“Pride Glasgow has partnered up with Scottish Adoption and GCRM (Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine) to help promote key messages around adoption, fostering and fertility treatments. Help us support our LGBTI families and celebrate the bravery and love they share every day.”

The festival at Glasgow Green will include speeches from politicians, guests including The X Factor runner up Saara Aalto and B*witched and fairground rides.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed her attendance – the first time a Holyrood leader will; have done so.

LGBT+ charities and campaign groups will also be there.

Fergus McMillan, chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, said: "Pride events are often significant and memorable moments in the lives of LGBT young people, giving them an opportunity to feel a part of the wider community; a sense of belonging that can sometimes be missing in their early years after coming out. 

“It also gives them a chance to showcase the work they do in social action, meeting others who share their passion for social change.”

A march sets off from 12pm at Glasgow Green this Saturday (19 August), and the festival also takes place at the green, opening from 12pm on the Saturday and 1pm on the Sunday.

The march is free to attend, and tickets for the festival can be booked online, at Polo Lounge or Delmonica’s, or on the day.

Accompanied children under 13 years can attend for free, and while the youth zone for 13-17 year olds is sold out, there will be some tickets available on the day.