GLASGOW, Scotland — Organizers of this year’s Pride Glasgow told GuySpy the event was Scotland’s largest ever, emphasizing the need for marriage equality in Scotland, and protesting against Russia’s antigay laws.
Organizers say around 7,000 participants are thought to have taken part, making it Scotland’s largest Gay Pride event in history.
The rally at the Glasgow Green included community stalls, funfair, and celebrity singers, such as Heather
Small, as well as political speeches, of which several called for solidarity with the Russian LGBT community and action against Russian authorities.
Out bisexual Scottish Member of Parliament, Patrick Harvie, who spoke at the event, told GuySpy, “I’m very pleased with the level of support Pride Glasgow received this year, and I enjoyed participating.
“It’s important to note that Glasgow Pride also highlighted issues such as Marriage Equality in Scotland, and solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.”
Scott Cuthbertson, march participant and Community Development Coordinator for the Equality Network advocacy group, told GuySpy, “It was great to see so many people use Pride to campaign for equality, whether that be Equal Marriage or against Russian state homophobia.”
“We know that recent legislation not only does nothing to protect young people but in fact puts them in danger.”
He went on to say that Pride Glasgow is sending a “message and reminding our Russian friends that they are not alone.”
On Friday, Glasgow’s mayor, Sadie Docherty, stated the city would not sever ties with its twin city in Russia over the country’s antigay stance, despite widespread calls during Pride and a petition signed by hundreds calling upon her to do so.