Pride Glasgow have said they are being unfairly treated after Glasgow City Council cancelled their right to use the Riverside Museum site for the August event.
Earlier today, The National broke the story that officials had pulled the plug (for the second time) on plans to use the iconic location for Pride as the charity were unable to meet the financial obligations of the contract.
In response, Chris Laing, Pride Glasgow Chair has told us:
“We’re trying to do the right thing, but it doesn’t feel like we’re being given a fair shot. Despite the fact that we have sponsorship contracts and income from ticket sales, with proof of good cashflow for the event, the cut-throat way we feel we have been treated, is upsetting.”
Pride Glasgow only recently announced a comeback, with a relaunched logo and a 2-day festival on the banks of the Clyde. But this was dependant on the charity servicing debts it owed to Glasgow City Council from previous years, as well as a 50% deposit for the hire of the Riverside Museum site.
The statement continues:
This afternoon we have been advised that Glasgow City Council will not allow us to use the Riverside Museum as a venue. It seemed to have been made public before we received confirmation.”
“The withdrawal is due to the fact that Pride Glasgow has not been able to make the first instalment of the agreed repayment, plus 50% of the venue hire within the agreed timescale.”
“Our Board this year has been left with debts from the former Board and the 2018 event, which of course is taking time to resolve.”
“The march will still go ahead as planned on 17th August and we are quickly making plans to move to a non-Council owned venue. We hope to announce the new venue early next week when all contracts are signed.”
“We want to reassure ticket holders that tickets will be valid, but we have emailed all ticket holders to give options. We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused but we are fully committed to making Pride Glasgow work in 2019 and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, no matter who or what gets in our way.”
“It’s the amazing community behind us that keeps us fighting to get over this huge hurdle.”
What’s your view? Has Pride Glasgow now come to the end of the road? Do you support the organisation continuing? Will you be attending the Pride march on 17th August? Let us know by commenting or sharing your views on social media.