The town of East Kilbride will host its first ever celebration of LGBT+ people with a Pride march and community event on Saturday 15th June!

With a single core message – “One community, many faces” – the organisers hope K-Pride will bring people together from across the area to raise awareness and visibility of LGBT issues.

The event will be entirely based in a community woodland setting, a first for Scotland, and will be a family-friendly and autism-friendly event.

East Kilbride Community Trust are behind the initiative, with a new Facebook page and Twitter account just launched to share all the news and updates about the event.

CEO of the Trust, Monique McAdams, said:

“We are honoured and excited to be hosting East Kilbride’s first autism and family-friendly Pride event at K-woodlands. As a charity, we felt that it was crucial that we provide events relevant for all our community, promoting inclusivity, not only with words but actions.”

A parade will assemble at 1 Burley Place from 12.45pm on Sat 15th June, with locals encouraged to come along and show their support for LGBT equality. An afternoon of entertainment, arts & crafts, food vendors and community stalls is planned at K-woodlands until 4pm.

Hugh McNish, Development Officer at Scottish Forestry, said:

“Scottish Forestry is is delighted to support the East Kilbride Community Trust in delivering their Pride event at K-woodlands. We have an ongoing engagement programme right across the whole central belt, which aims to encourage everyone to access their woodlands and green space. Visiting your woodlands regularly really helps boost active lifestyles and overall wellbeing. K-woodlands is a fantastic natural asset – welcoming and relaxed – so we look forward to seeing everyone.”

Pride in East Kilbride becomes the 19th confirmed event in Scotland this year – a record breaking year for Pride events. They join Oban, East Lothian and Glasgow in hosting brand new LGBT events for the community and join a growing network of Pride organisers around the country.


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