Political parties unite to support Pride Glasgow
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)