Organisers at Oban Pride are celebrating a new year windfall as they announce a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland to support their event in 2020.
The community group, under the leadership of local LGBT+ activist and drag queen performer, Phill Dexter, held a very successful Pride march and community day in May 2019, with hundreds of people marching through the town, including Scottish Government Equalities Minister, Christina McKelvie MSP.
This new grant will be used to cover the costs of organising a march and community festival event to be held in Oban at the Corran Halls on 30th May.
Phill told us:
“We are delighted that we have been awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund for Oban Pride 2020! This funding makes a huge difference thus in our second year, as it means we can deliver a bigger and better Pride than last year, which was totally funded through donations and fundraising.”
“This award helps us cover some of the costs such as venue hire, security, PA and lighting hire, first aid cover and licensing that we need, as well as covering some costs for our Family and Youth Zones. All of these costs are essential before we even start looking at entertainment, as without these we cannot event think about having an event.”
“We are so grateful to receive this funding and continue to look for other sponsors an supporters to ensure the 2020 event is one to remember.”
The group recently became a fully registered charity and the team are now working hard on making Oban Pride a big draw for locals and tourists this year.
They’ll also be holding a fundraiser with partners at the Oban Phoenix Cinema on 29th February, bringing a special ‘sing-a-long’ version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to the town, hosted by local drag queen Crystal.
If you’re interested in supporting or attending the fundraiser, or if you’d like to volunteer to help with Oban Pride, you can contact the team via their Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org