Pink Saltire are inviting local people in Forth Valley to come out and join the conversation about a permanent Pride event for the region.
The LGBT charity are leading a series of community meetings in Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa to engage the LGBT community and build on a successful launch event held earlier this year.
Meetings will be held in the following locations:
Tues 8th Oct, 6.30pm – Recyke-a-bike, Alloa Road, Stirling
Wed 9th Oct, 6.30pm – Park Street Community Base, Falkirk
Thurs 10th Oct, 6.30pm – Alloa Town Hall (Meeting Room), Alloa
Alternatively, those who want to get involved but cant make the meetings can sign-up here: https://pinksaltire.com/forth-valley/
It’s hoped volunteers will step forward to form a new organisation to take forward plans for a Forth Valley Pride.
Pink Saltire Founder, Stuart Duffy, said:
“The significant growth in Pride events being launched all across Scotland in the past few years has been so exciting – that LGBT people feel confident now to come out and reclaim their public spaces and be visible in their communities is a major step forward for the country in really embedding equality.”
“We’re happy to be supporting a conversation with communities in Stirling, Falkirk and Clacks about what they want from Pride – we’ve held similar exercises in Fife, Perthshire and Dundee and those events are now firmly established successful events. We can’t wait for Forth Valley to have a truly representative Pride event run by and for local LGBT people.”
Scotland had a record-breaking number of Pride events in 2019, with 21 marches or festivals around the country, from Stornoway to Dumfries. It’s hoped that number will swell to 25 or more in 2020, which will be the 25th anniversary of the first Pride in Scotland, held in Edinburgh in 1995.
Pink Saltire coordinate the Scottish Pride Organisers Network which offers a place to share ideas, advice and resources for organisations around the country. In 2018, thirteen events contributed over £3.8million to the Scottish economy and over 50,000 people took part in marches.