Plan­ning stages for Dundee Pride fes­ti­val

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DUNDEE­could be set to host its own Pride fes­ti­val, with talks be­tween ac­tivists and coun­cil bosses un­der way.

Dis­cus­sions are at a very early stage but an event steer­ing group has been formed and is try­ing to lo­cate suit­able venues to bring the LGBT+ cel­e­bra­tion to the city.

Arange of con­sul­ta­tion events are to be held next month to dis­cuss the vi­a­bil­ity of Dundee host­ing an event.

Pink Saltire, a na­tional LGBT+ char­ity, is in­volved in plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing the dis­cus­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to Stu­art Duffy, Pink Saltire’s founder, other ar­eas, in­clud­ing Perthshire, could also be set to host their own Pride events.

Mr Duffy said: “We re­ally need the community to step up and get in­volved in giv­ing their views and help­ing or­gan­ise a Pride here in Dundee.

“We were heav­ily in­volved in the plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing of the first Fife Pride in Kirk­caldy this year and it takes a big team to make it a suc­cess.

“We know there are lots of peo­ple who sup­port Pride but it takes com­mit­ment and time, so we need folk to come and get in­volved. So far, four meet­ings have been ar­ranged in the city, in the week Septem­ber 11Septem­ber 14, with events at the But­ter­fly Cafe, DUSA, Klozet and in the coun­cil HQ.

“An sur­vey is be­ing launched to­mor­row on the Dundee Pride Face­book page to gather views on some of the spe­cific de­tail of what Pride should look like.”

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