A new exhibition will tour Pride events around Scotland this summer, improving the awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting Pink Saltire, the Fife-based equalities organisation, with £10,000 of funding to deliver the specially-designed exhibition, which its hoped will reach some of the 50,000 people likely to attend Pride events this year.
The charity hope to improve participation of LGBT people in researching their shared heritage, as well as informing more people about the important events and people on Scotland’s road to a fairer and more equal society.
Stuart Duffy of Pink Saltire said:
“We’re really excited to get this project started and so pleased to have the Heritage Lottery Fund onboard to help us deliver our objectives. Although LGBT History Month is held every February, we felt we needed to take the story of our community history out on the road and this summer’s Pride season, with a record breaking number of Pride events, seemed like a great opportunity not to be missed.”
Volunteers interested in the history and heritage of LGBT people and culture in Scotland will be involved in the research for the project, which will then tour the country. The tour will visit locations where LGBT Pride events are already confirmed, starting at Grampian Pride in Aberdeen on May 26th. The exhibition will also visit Perth, Edinburgh, Livingston, Kirkcaldy, Glasgow, East Lothian and ending in Dundee on 22nd September.
Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund is proud to support Scottish heritage in all of its diversity. The funding will allow this local organisation to delve in to hidden histories that are not just important for the LGBT community but for all of us. They tell us about how far we have all come in terms of equal rights and attitudes. We are delighted that National Lottery player’s money is able to make this project happen.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded over £7 billion since 1994 to good causes in the UK which are focussed on getting more people interested in community heritage projects as well as recording and preserving our shared history.
One of the new Pride events which will host the exhibition is in Dumfries & Galloway. Chairman of DG Pride, Justin Thomas, told us:
“We are delighted to have this opportunity to host this exciting exhibition as part of our first DG Pride event. For regions such as ours in Dumfries and Galloway, with no LGBT+ bars or clubs and no real scene which thrives across the region, this exhibition provides a way to inform and showcase aspects of our community that many may not necessarily know about. We are also delighted that this project comes at a time when we are working hard to raise awareness and bring the Pride event into the region and this exhibition will illustrate why it is important for D&G to host Prides. We can’t wait!”
Dates and locations for the exhibition are:
26th May – Grampian Pride (Aberdeen)
16th June – Pride Edinburgh
7th July – Fife Pride (Kirkcaldy)
14th & 15th July – Pride Glasgow
28th July – West Lothian Pride (Livingston)
4th August – Pride Saltire (East Lothian)
11th August – Perthshire Pride (Perth)
15th September – DG Pride (Dumfries)
22nd September – Dundee Pride