A public meeting is being held on Wednesday 17th October to discuss the future of Pride in Glasgow, with locals encouraged to head along and get involved.

The meeting will take place at the STUC building in the city’s West End from 7pm and is organised by a new community group under the working name ‘Pride West of Scotland’.

Over 30 individuals representing more than a dozen local organisations met in September to discuss ideas and propose a way forward for the Pride movement in the city.

Glasgow currently has two Pride events held annually – the Pride march and festival event organised by Pride Glasgow SCIO and the non-commercial event organised by Free Pride.

Pride West of Scotland said they hope for a ‘fresh start’ for the city, in a statement provided to Pink Saltire:

“Pride West of Scotland is a concerned group of organisations, charities, and community activists who want a new Community Trust for Pride in Glasgow going forward. Pride West of Scotland is a working name until a formal structure is agreed moving forward.

We believe Glasgow needs a fresh start. A grass roots, traditional Pride based organisation, to meet the needs of the community, inclusive, accessible, transparent and answerable to the community it represents.

This will be our second meeting, this time a public meeting, scoping out expectations of the community and ideas to build a new pride event for Glasgow. All interested and willing volunteers are welcome to bring positive thoughts and contributions to go forward.

Our first meeting was attended by representatives of Glasgow City Council and we are currently in discussion regarding a potential date for next year’s event.

It should be noted that we are in no way, nor do we wish to be connected to Pride Glasgow SCIO, and will not be responding to any questions about said organisation.”

The gathering comes in light of significant turbulence for Glasgow’s incumbent Pride organisers, who have lost their Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive, after ticketing problems left hundreds locked out of the event in July. Organisers have also faced a hefty bill after more than £10,000 in tickets had to be refunded after tickets were oversold after a ticketing error.

The public meeting will begin at 7pm sharp at STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG.

You can find out more about Pride West of Scotland by following their Facebook page here.

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