STEPPING OUT FOR LGBT EQUALITY ACROSS SCOTLAND

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folk have been stepping out for equality at events this weekend.

Scotland’s first LGBT Pride march in an island community took place on the Isle of Bute; Lerwick’s Midsummer Carnival included a fantastic Pride float, and in the capital city, Edinburgh celebrated with one of the largest Pride marches ever in the city.

An estimated 8,000 people marched from The Scottish Parliament, along the Royal Mile and across George IV Bridge to the festival site at EUSA’s Bristo Square.

Our video of the Pride Scotia march saw thousands wind through the city streets for equality, including LGBT groups, organisations and businesses. There was also a giant trans flag which was carried by supporters of Scottish Trans Alliance.

Despite some showers, spirits were not dampened and a number of the marchers enjoyed performances at Bristo Square and supported the many charity stalls set up at the Teviot and Potterow venues.

Social media was alight with pictures and videos, including this from SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth, who marched with her partner Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP for Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, across the country on the West coast, Scotland’s first island LGBT Pride march was happening on the Isle of Bute!

Islanders and visitors marched through Rothesay with rainbow flags and banners for the first time, then enjoyed entertainment in a number of island venues. Businesses showed their support too, with many shop windows decorated for the event.

Popular drag queens, Miss Lily Minogue and Barbara La Bush performed to a sold-out night at the Scottish Honky Tonk and for those who wanted to take in more of the stunning Bute scenery, there was a Sunday Pride Walk organised by Ayrshire LGBTQ.

Islanders on Bute celebrate their first Pride event

Finally, over 400 miles North, there were more rainbows on display as a special Pride float took part in the annual Lerwick Midsummer Carnival on Shetland.

LGBT activist Kerrie Kool was joined by fellow Shetlanders on the float, as well as a tourist from Brisbane who was visiting the Isles during the carnival and decided to jump aboard to show her support!

Kerrie Kool (R) with Mary from Brisbane, Australia

The next official Pride event in Scotland will be Fife Pride in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 7th July, all the details can be found here.

 

Main pic credit: Scottish Honky Tonk / Bute Pride

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