In a first for Fife, our charity worked with local agencies delivering work in the LGBT+ community, and in November 2016 organised the Fife Rainbow Gala & Awards.
This was the first opportunity for LGBT people in Fife to come together at a black-tie formal fundraising dinner, with funds being split between Pink Saltire and Fife Pride.
With information stall, live entertainment and a 3-course dinner hosted at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline, Fifers raised £2500 on the night. Several businesses donated prizes for a raffle which helped boost the funds and the night was glued together with Dunfermline’s drag icon, Nancy Clench.
During the evening several local people were also recognised and thanked for their significant contribution to LGBT work in the Kingdom. This included LGBT Volunteer of the Year, Chris Mulraney (for his work with youth groups in Fife) and Outstanding Contribution Award, recognising the work of Nick Shane to raise awareness of equality and diversity through his music.
The event was kindly funded by the Big Lottery Fund Celebrate program and Fife Charities Trust. In feedback from those who attended the event, 89% rated the event Very Good or Excellent, 57% said the Gala made them feel more confident and 39% said the Gala made them feel less isolated.
Later, in February 2017, the Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman, invited award winners, organisers and sponsors to a civic reception in the City Chambers, Dunfermline, where they were honoured on behalf of the Council and the people of Fife for their work.
There were also 2 separate Motions submitted in the Scottish Parliament by local MSPs congratulating Pink Saltire and local activists for their efforts.