Pride organisers have promised bigger and better events as they announce dates for events in 2019.
After inaugural Pride marches earlier this year, Hebridean Pride will return on 1st June 2019 and Isle of Bute Pride will be held on 20th July. Organisers of Grampian Pride in Aberdeen have also announced the return of their hugely successful event on 25th May.
Stornoway was the focus for a LGBT+ march for the first time in the Western Isles history earlier in the summer. Despite some religious objections, hundreds turned up to take part.
Janice Maciver from the Hebridean Pride committee told us:
“Hebridean Pride 2019 is aimed at building on the achievements already made as a result of our first Pride this year. Diversity and inclusion within the Isles has been catapulted forward beyond all expectations with people of all ages, genders, background and religious beliefs uniting to stamp out intolerance and exclusion.”
“It is important to continue the work we’ve started so our young people will be able to grow up in a safe environment away from judgement which has and continues to play a major part in today’s mental health challenges.”
Meanwhile in Aberdeen, where Pride returned to the city after a gap of several years this summer with almost 5000 people in the city centre, even more people are expected to gather to celebrate LGBT+ identities across the North East.
Speaking to The Press and Journal, Pride Chairman Deejay Bullock said they are planning the biggest Pride event ever seen in the North of Scotland:
“We are planning to go even bigger next year and are expecting more people. We are making provisions for 9,000 people to attend. We have big ambitions for this event and want it to keep growing.”
“What we want is for Grampian Pride to become a big part of the city of Aberdeen and to be an important and recognised event which is looked forward to and happens year after year.”
Grampian Pride organisers are also holding a LGBT Quiz Night at the Aberdeen Arts Centre on 24th November. The specially-written quiz will celebrate 6 months to go until Pride day!
Across on the West coast, the Isle of Bute Pride was the first LGBT+ events ever held on the island and attracted a huge amount of publicity and support in advance. The parade will return on 20th July with the focus on Rothesay in one of the most beautiful locations for any Pride event in the UK.
Pic credits: Grampian Pride, Scottish Honky Tonk, Hebridean Pride.