Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, today welcomed news that the first Perthshire Pride event will take place this summer.
The event, which will celebrate Perth and Kinross’ LGBT community, will play host to live music and stalls, whilst also offering space for local councillors, employers and health officials to engage and network with attendees.
Commenting on the news, Mr Swinney said:
“I am very pleased to hear that Perth will hold its first Pride event this summer.
“This event, and the wide welcome it has received, proves once more that Perthshire is an open-minded, caring community that values the principles of equality and tolerance.
“It is clear, however, that members of LGBT community – particularly young people – can still be subject to horrendous discrimination, bullying and intimidation. Events like Perthshire Pride play a key role in standing up to such hatred and ensuring that LGBT people receive the respect and opportunities they deserve.”
Perthshire Pride will look to follow on from the success of Fife Pride, which was held for the first time in 2017. The event was widely viewed as an economic success, with estimates suggesting that approximately £150,000 in additional revenue was raised by the event.
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