Rain­bow city: a cel­e­bra­tion of love as 5,000 take to streets with Pride

Sunday Herald - - NEWS - BY KARIN GOOD­WIN

RAIN­BOW flags, colour­ful con­fetti, flower gar­lands, glit­ter and bub­bles ... Glas­gow took to the streets yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate its pride in pro­claim­ing the right to sex­ual equal­ity.

An es­ti­mated 5,000 peo­ple took part in what was billed as Glas­gow’s big­gest-ever Pride march with the an­nual pro­ces­sion – in­volv­ing cam­paign­ers and straight al­lies, ma­jor com­pa­nies, emer­gency ser­vices, drum­mers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the army – tak­ing well over an hour to wind its way through the city streets.

Or­gan­is­ers claimed up to 50,000 peo­ple lined the city streets to watch.

The pa­rade, which also fea­tured dogs in rain­bow tu­tus, a brass band, home­made ban­ners, rain­bow dec­o­rated bug­gies and far-out fancy dress, kicked off the two-day LGBTI fes­ti­val, which is be­ing held at Glas­gow Green.

Com­pa­nies tak­ing part in­cluded ma­jor su­per­mar­kets and en­ergy sup­pli­ers, and peo­ple came from all over Scot­land and be­yond.

Wear­ing a colour­ful flower gar­land First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon told crowds at Glas­gow Green: “Love is love, wher­ever you are and who­ever you are.”

She added: “We must not be pas­sive, but con­tin­u­ally strive to ad­vance LGBTI equal­ity.

“My pledge as your First Min­is­ter to­day is this: as long as I hold this of­fice we will con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing we need to do to make sure Scot­land is not just one of the best coun­tries in the world, but the best coun­try in the world for LGBTI rights. I am de­ter­mined that my gov­ern­ment will do all it can to cel­e­brate di­ver­sity in ev­ery­thing we say and do.”

Anita Tay­lor, 63 from Hert­ford­shire, said she was at­tend­ing with her friend to sup­port a fam­ily mem­ber.

“We are just thrilled to be here for this,” she said.

“It’s won­der­ful to be see ev­ery­one able to get out there and be proud of who they are.”

Ni­cole Law and Lois Gib­son, both 16 and wrapped in large rain­bow flags, had trav­elled from Dundee and Blair­gowrie to at­tend their first Pride and were struck by the in­cred­i­ble at­mos­phere.

“We’ve loved it,” said Law. “It’s an im­por­tant thing to cel­e­brate.”

Grant Gil­lian, 29, from Greenock and James Beat­tie, 31, from Glas­gow said that while huge progress had al­ready been made in their life­times there was still a lot of work to be done. It’s great to see so many ma­jor com­pa­nies here,” added Gil­lian, al­though the pair noted the lack of vis­i­bil­ity of any of the ma­jor re­li­gions.

“It’s cheer­ing but there is still a long way to go. It’s also gen­er­a­tional so it will change in time.”

Around 50,000 lined the streets to watch 5,000 rev­ellers tak­ing part in Glas­gow’s biggestever Pride pro­ces­sion Pho­tographs: Stewart Attwood; Robert Perry/ Getty Images

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