An LGBT Pride event will be held in the beautiful setting of Oban in Argyll next year for the first time.
Organisers are set to announce the launch of the town’s first celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the next few weeks at a special event at the Phoenix Cinema.
A short film, featuring local drag icon Crystal, has been produced to promote a screening of ‘God’s Own Country’, encouraging locals to come out and hear more about the launch of Pride, as well as a night of music and fun at The Cellar Bar afterwards.
Oban Pride spokesperson, Gary Hamilton, told us:
“The idea was born from an anti-stigma campaign that was running in Oban in conjunction with Waverley Care Scotland and the Phoenix Cinema. We are inspired by the events that have happened all over the country and want to show our support to our own, mainly isolated, LGBT+ community.”
“There are various areas of the community that have been approached and have given support, such as Mary’s Meals and Eriska (an amazing Scottish folk band). People from a wide range of backgrounds have come on board to the Steering Group, which will have its first meeting in November. The team was put together by Amanda Scott from Waverley Care, who we cannot hold in higher esteem.”
“Phill, Stuart, Gary and Amanda, as well as the team at Phoenix Cinema and ‘GHProductionsArgyll’, have all been working so hard. We are also thrilled to have the support of Pink Saltire and feel their work is tireless and their values are simply immense in support of others around Scotland.”
Scotland has seen a boom in the number of Pride events being developed across the country, moving from 4 events in 2017 to 13 events in 2018! Towns and regions including Grampian, Dundee, Perthshire, Bute, Inverness, Stornoway and Dumfries all held first time events this year, as well as the first Trans Pride Scotland event in Edinburgh in March.
You can follow the latest developments from Oban Pride on their Facebook page here.