We’ve had an incredibly busy year at Pink Saltire with new projects delivered and making new connections all around the country.
We’re grateful to all those creative, talented people and organisations we’ve collaborated with in the past year – thanks for everything you do!
As an unfunded, voluntary news hub, our pinksaltire.com site has seen visitors numbers increase by 122%, with readers from 128 countries around the world, all interested in reading more about Scottish LGBT+ news.
Here’s our Top 10 Most Read stories this year – thanks for visiting and we hope to see you throughout 2020!
1. Scottish Business Owners Targeted by Hate Mail
An Uddingston bakery, owned by Michael Burns and Stephen Whyteside, was targeted with an anti-gay letter, which went viral in September.
2. Pride Glasgow lose Riverside venue as City Council pull the plug for a second time
In June, after a rescue deal failed over unpaid debts, relations turned sour with Glasgow City Council and some members of the community turned their backs on the event when it was announced the Riverside venue would not host the 2019 Pride event.
3. SNP Candidate defends GRA concerns, says ‘Women not being heard’
In November, Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath’s then-SNP candidate in the Westminster election (since suspended by the party but elected as MP) said he felt women were not being listened to in the discussion around Gender Recognition reform.
In April, we reported that Glasgow Life had pulled out of an agreement with Pride Glasgow to move their huge Pride celebration to the Riverside Museum on the banks of the Clyde. City officials would later agree a plan to allow organisers to pay off fees and charges.
5. Anti-trans leaflets found at Edinburgh Council HQ
In March we reported that leaflets promoting ‘gender critical’ group Forwomen.scot were found in the headquarters of Edinburgh City Council.
6. Introducing Scotland’s newest Pride event – Oban Pride
In February we brought you the news that Oban would launch it’s first Pride event in 2019. The event, held in May featuring local drag legend Crystal, was a huge success with hundreds joining the parade and even a cruise ship berthed nearby sporting rainbow colours for the occasion!
7. LGBT hate crimes rise to highest ever levels
The latest hate crime figures were released in June and they showed hate crimes towards LGBT people had reached its highest ever level since legislation was introduced almost a decade ago. There is still no coordinated LGBT Action Plan to tackle hate crime against our community.
8. Crunch time for MardiGla
In June, with just weeks to go until Glasgow’s new Pride event was to be held as an alternative to the commercial paid-for incumbent, city planners were due to meet to approve the licences needed for the ambitious city centre event. However the application was withdrawn at the eleventh hour by organisers with a scaled-back programme being held on 20th July instead.
9. SNP leaks reveal more GRA critics within the party
In April, after alleged WhatsApp conversations were leaked online, senior SNP MSPs Ash Denham, Gillian Martin and Ruth Maguire were embroiled in criticism of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s stance on gender reforms.
10. Curtain up on Aberdeen’s big Pride weekend
In May we reported how one of Scotland’s biggest Pride events was ready for its second year as Grampian Pride prepared to take over the streets of Aberdeen. The event was organised by local LGBT charity Four Pillars and local activists, who welcomed more than 6,000 people to the city.
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