Perth is gearing up for the first major LGBT Pride event in the region, with a festival in the city centre this weekend.
Saturday 11th August will see a day filled with celebration of equality and diversity in the cultural quarter of the city, outside Perth Concert Hall on Bridge Lane from 1pm.
Perthshire Pride will feature a live entertainment stage, LGBT history exhibition, charity stalls and food vendors, as well as a special youth zone and after party. There will be speeches from Deputy First Minister and local MSP, John Swinney, as well as an opening address from Rev Scott Burton of the Church of Scotland.
There will be live performances from local musicians such as the Hypocrites, Molly McCabe and Rhythm Wave as well as drag acts Scarlet Skylar Rae and Rayna Destruction.
Perth & Kinross Council supported Pink Saltire deliver a community consultation in 2017 and nearly 40 volunteers stepped forward, with an organising group quickly formed. Earlier this year, the group were successful in their bid for charitable status and also celebrated a significant Awards for All grant. They’ve continued to attract locals who want to get involved and help with the first major Pride celebration in the city.
Convener of the Council’s Equalities committee, Cllr Peter Barrett, said:
“Our very first Perthshire Pride event is going to be fantastic. To mark the occasion the Council is flying the rainbow flag from our headquarters building throughout August.
This will be a tremendous and inclusive celebration of Equality and Diversity throughout Perthshire involving local people and bands. I also want to thank all the local volunteers who have helped organise Perthshire Pride and will be making it happen on the day.
It doesn’t matter whatever your age, sex, orientation or how you define, Perthshire Pride is for everyone so come and join the party.
There is a great program at the Buskers Corner with local bands and artists and it’s all free. There’s going to be a wide range of stalls from LGBT+ friendly organisations, Live Theatre and entertainment, a Youth Area, and an afterparty for the 18+. It is going to be brilliant so don’t miss it.”