Proud Ness has become Highland Pride from today, with organisers announcing a new look to accompany their renaming.
The group have also announced plans for a winter pride festival event in 2020, with events being held across the Highlands.
The name change comes in recognition of the group’s service to the diverse LGBT+ community right across the Highlands and Islands and it was one of the largest events in Scotland this year, with over 10,000 people attending a march through Inverness this summer.
Highland Pride chair, Jess Taylor, told us:
“We want to ensure that the LGBT+ community and allies who travel from across the Highlands to attend our summer event in 2020 know that this is their event too – it is the pride event for the Highlands.”
“People can also get involved by organising events in their local communities such as social meet ups, fundraisers, workshops, talks and satellite pride celebrations which we can help to promote under the Highland Pride umbrella int he lead-up and during pride. We hope this will stimulate further social and networking opportunities across the Highlands throughout the year.”
A new winter pride festival will be held in the Highlands in February 2020 to coincide with LGBT History Month, with organisers encouraging every community to get organised and hold LGBT-related events.
Already in the pipeline are plans for LGBT+ talks, workshops, book readings, film screenings and more.
Jess continued, “If you have an idea for an ABBA night in Aviemore, coffee in Cromarty, film nights in Fort William, poetry night in Portree, a talk in Tain or a walk in Wick, we want to hear from you!”
Highland Pride is part of the long-running equalities charity Highland LGBT Forum and the organisation is appealing for groups or individuals to come forward to support both the winter festival plans and activities throughout the year.
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