Organisers of the first Grampian Pride event are celebrating as more businesses and organisations come onboard to support the event this May, taking the total raised to over £50,000.

Aberdeen is set to host a march and festival event as the city and wider region demonstrates that it supports equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Some of the city’s biggest corporations are onboard, with BP, Shell and Chevron amongst the most high profile. There’s support too from the public sector, with organisers attracting funding from NESCol, NHS Grampian, The Big Lottery Fund as well as support and advice from Aberdeen City Council. Trade unions in the city have also stepped up to back Pride, with Unite and Unison both heavily involved.

Pride Co-Chair and transgender campaigner, Justine Smithies, told us:

“We’ve worked hard to develop relationships with a range of local organisations and we’re really proud that so many have stepped up to help with our first event. Our priority has been clear from the start – to make Grampian Pride as inclusive as possible, and for us that includes being a free event. So every donation we receive from businesses or grant from funders means we can keep Pride free.”

Deejay Bullock, Founder of the LGBT charity Four Pillars, and Co-Chair of Pride, said:

It’s amazing the amount of support we have received in the run up to Grampian Pride, both financially and practically. It shows that now is the right time for Grampian Pride as the community have been wanting this for some time. Without this support from local people, we wouldn’t be able to offer the fun-filled, packed day that we have planned.”

Pride takes place on Saturday 26th May and there’s already a stellar line-up announced, including Sandi Thom, Kit Purnell and Jack Rose set to perform at Queens Links. Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace will also lead a colourful parade down Union Street before an afternoon of entertainment around the city, as well as a charity marketplace on the Links.

Organisations still keen to get involved can email the Pride team now:

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