Pride House is to return to Glasgow for the 2018 European Championships, its been announced today.
LGBT athletes, coaches, officials and spectators will enjoy a very warm welcome to Scotland exactly a year from now.
Hugh Torrance of LEAP Sports, who organised previous Pride House activities in Glasgow, said:
“We are thrilled that Pride House will open again in 2018 creating a unique and safe space for LGBTI people to engage with the European Championships, providing a platform to welcome its visitors in that very special Glasgow way.”
The championships will bring thousands of spectators to Glasgow from around the world for 12 days of sporting competition. The city will again welcome LGBT+ visitors with open arms, demonstrating Scotland as an open and progressive country.
National LGBT+ sports organisation, LEAP Sports, announced today that Pride House will return to the city for the third time in – first being held during the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and again during the Homeless World Cup in 2016.
The 2018 multi-sport event is being co-hosted with Berlin who will manage the athletics competition, with Glasgow crowds set to enjoy aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon.
A volunteer programme for Pride House will open in September via LEAP Sports website.
The newly elected SNP-led Glasgow City Council made a number of significant manifesto commitments to the LGBT community in the city earlier this year, with ambitions for Glasgow to be the best place in Europe for LGBT+ people to live and work. This also included a commitment to improved services for LGBT charities and a permanent community base in the city.
Today’s announcement was timed to coincide with the reveal of the Glasgow 2018 mascot – Bonnie the female seal pup! The mascot will be the public face of the Championships, although social media is already buzzing with jokes and memes about Bonnie & Clyde (the 2014 Games mascot).
Speaking to Glasgow Live at the launch earlier, Scottish Government Sports Minister, Aileen Campbell said:
“Bonnie’s story is brilliant! She’s female, she gives everything a go and she doesn’t ever give up. It’s important to have an iconic female figurehead for this event.”
“We hope it sends a good, strong message to women and girls to get involved with sport which we really want to push.”
Main pic credit: British Triathlon