Community comes together to celebrate diversity and inclusion at the new LGBT+ Pride event in the region
Dumfries and Galloway residents celebrated their diversity at a brand new event over the weekend.
Organised by the dedicated team at Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus, ‘Pride in our Community’ began with a launch event on the evening of Saturday 23rd September, attended by more than 50 people, followed by a community celebration on Sunday 24th.
Both events were well attended with special guests including The Provost of Dumfries & Nithsdale Cllr Tracey Little, Members of the Scottish Parliament and members from the local authority.
The community came along in big numbers to support organisers and there was a range of activities and attractions, including face painting from LGBT Youth Scotland, giant games from DG One, hula-hooping from Studio 3 and cycling with Cycling Dumfries.
Public safety agencies were also represented, with Scottish Fife & Rescue Service providing their Road Safety Vehicle as well as a service appliance, and Police Scotland sending along a specially-decorated car for the day. The NHS, other local service providers and stall holders were also present.
David Townsend, Chair of Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus and organiser of the new event told us:
“PRIDE in our Community was universally well received by all who took part and by members of the wider public. All of the agencies and organisations involved are enthusiastic about a much larger PRIDE event for 2018 and our Provost, Councillor Tracey Little, has already said that she will be delighted to open it.”
Dumfries builds on the success of other new Pride events held in Scotland earlier this year, with community groups coming together in Perthshire back in July and over 3,500 people attending the first Fife Pride in Kirkcaldy earlier in the summer. There are also plans for new Pride events in Dundee, Grampian and Forth Valley in 2018.
D&G LGBT Plus is a local charity working towards equality for LGBT Plus people throughout Dumfries & Galloway. It provides a range of support services and events across the region to help reduce isolation and reduce barriers faced by LGBT people accessing services.
Despite the introduction of same-sex marriage in most parts of the British Isles, LGBT Plus people still face prejudice and discrimination, and many, especially in rural areas, live in fear of exposure. It’s hoped events like Pride extending out of the big cities and into other communities will help tackle some of the issues still faced by LGBT people.
Dumfries previously held a Pride event back in 2008, with Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus and 90’s singer Rozalla headlining.
You can find out more about D&G LGBT Plus by heading to their website: