Po­lit­i­cal par­ties unite to sup­port Pride Glas­gow

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents from Ruther­glen and King’s Park put their dif­fer­ences to one side on Satur­day to sup­port Pride Glas­gow.

Labour coun­cil­lor Ger­ard Killen and Stu­art McDon­ald MP of the SNP were among thou­sands of marchers who took to the streets of the city to celebrate the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and in­ter­sex com­mu­nity.

And while they might not agree with each other when it comes to pol­i­tics, they were singing from the same hymn sheet when they met up at the event.

Ger­ard tweeted a pic­ture of the two groups to­gether, say­ing: “Great day at Glas­gow Pride. Even a rain­bow coali­tion!”

Af­ter­wards, the Ruther­glen South mem­ber said: “Healthy de­bate is to be en­cour­aged but Scot­tish pol­i­tics has been di­vi­sive in re­cent years and I think peo­ple want to see a bit more con­sen­sus.

“One of the main rea­sons I am in the Labour party is be­cause of its com­mit­ment to equal­ity. The last Labour gov­ern­ment did more for the ad­vance­ment of LGBT equal­ity than any over UK gov­ern­ment in history from scrap­ping sec­tion 28 to in­tro­duc­ing Civil Part­ner­ships and giv­ing LGBT in­di­vid­u­als and cou­ples the right to adopt.

“These are ma­jor de­vel­op­ments but there is still much to achieve and that’s why Pride is still an im­por­tant event, gath­er­ing peo­ple from across the com­mu­nity to stand to­gether and raise aware­ness.

“There will al­ways be strong views and po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences but where there is agree­ment it is very im­por­tant that we can put those dif­fer­ences to one side and work to­wards a com­mon goal.

“Although not in gov­ern­ment, Labour con­tin­ues to work with par­ties across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum to make progress such as help­ing to get the re­cent same sex mar­riage leg­is­la­tion through both the Westminster and Holy­rood Par­lia­ments.”

Mr McDon­ald, who is the MP for the con­stituency that cov­ers Castlemilk, King’s Park and Croft­foot, ac­tu­ally ad­dressed the event.

He told the Re­former: “It was a plea­sure to ad­dress this year’s Pride Glas­gow – the largest LGBTI fes­ti­val in Scot­land.

“Whilst Pride is an op­por­tu­nity to celebrate the strides we have taken for­ward on the equal­ity front, it is also an op­por­tu­nity to con­sider what other mat­ters need our at­ten­tion at home and abroad.

“At home the fo­cus this year was on trans­gen­der rights, some­thing that I am per­son­ally very happy to en­dorse and sup­port.

“In­ter­na­tion­ally we of course stand in sol­i­dar­ity with our broth­ers and sis­ters around the world who aren’t able to be them­selves, let alone host a Pride event.

“As Vice Chair of the Par­lia­ment’s All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Global LGBT Rights, I look for­ward to look­ing deeper at how the UK Gov­ern­ment, cor­po­ra­tions and NGOs can bet­ter ad­vance the cause of equal­ity abroad, and help de­liver safe en­vi­ron­ments that we can all be proud of.”

Thou­sands of peo­ple at­tended the two-day Pride Glas­gow event over the week­end.

Acts who per­formed in­cluded Texas and Union J.

Pride Cllr Killen (sec­ond right) and Stu­art McDon­ald MP (third right)

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