SURGE IN ACTIVITY PUTS PERTHSHIRE FIRMLY ON THE LGBT MAP

A packed programme of events for LGBT History Month has placed Perth and Kinross at the forefront of regional activity this year.

Events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Perth and Kinross has increased significantly since a small Perthshire Pride event was held in July last year. Now the community and agencies are working together to improve the delivery of services to LGBT people and show Perthshire as a diverse and welcoming region.

The local authority are already flying the rainbow flag from their Perth HQ together with the regional third sector organisation PKAVS. The programme of activity kicks off on Wednesday 7th Feb with a special ‘Yellow Brick Road’ themed Light Night walk in Perth and includes an LGBT computer games night, heritage day and special film screenings.

Community Events in Perth & Kinross 2018:

Wed 7th February – 5.15pm at the Civic Hall, Council HQ, Perth

“Equali-Tea” event & Norie-Miller Light Night Walk (Yellow Brick Road Theme). Come and have a cuppa at the Civic Hall and see the LGBT Heritage display, before heading across to the Light Night walk.

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Wed 14th February – 5pm at Big Dog Books in Perth

“Gay for Play” event – gaming sessions that cover a range of games known for inclusion, co-operation and LGBT friendly themes.

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Thurs 15th February – 6pm at McDiarmid Park

Football v Homophobia evening with St Johnstone Community Trust & LEAP Sports Scotland, including Q&A.

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Tues 20th February – 1.30pm at Perth Museum & Art Gallery

“Pink Heritage Day” with LGBT history display, stalls and information, film screening and talk from Pink Saltire

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Tues 20th February – 7pm at AK Bell Library (Sandeman Room), Perth

Film Screening – “Britain on Film: LGBT in Britain” from Culture PK

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Thurs 22nd February – 6.30pm at Souter Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth

“Our Home, Our Identity” research launch event from LGBT Youth Scotland ‘GLOW’ group, based in Perth.

Please register to attend at: https://lgbtyouth.wufoo.eu/forms/our-home-our-identity/

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Thurs 22nd February – 6.30pm at Perth Playhouse Cinema

Film Screening – “The Imitation Game”

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Fri 23rd February – all day

Purple Friday is celebrated across Scotland, with schools, colleges and workplaces all encouraging people to wear something purple to show your support for LGBT young people.

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Tues 27th February – 7pm, AK Bell Library (Soutar Theatre), Perth

Film Screening – “Pride” from Culture PK

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The community of Perth & Kinross were also keen to get involved in a new Perthshire Pride event, following a successful consultation by Pink Saltire in October 2017. Almost 30 volunteers stepped up to get involved and plans are now well underway to announce an event later in the year, one of 10 Pride events across Scotland in 2018.

Organisers are still keen to hear from anyone else interested in getting involved – you can either follow the plans through the Perthshire Pride Facebook page or get in touch with Co-Chair, Claire Mackenzie on claire@perthshirepride.com

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