An estimated 600 people showed their colours in Dumfries and Galloway’s first ever LGBT Pride event last Saturday.
From the moment Michelle McManus raised the rainbow flag, to the audience belting out Rozalla’s dance anthem “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” at the close, Dumfries Pride was a day of open celebration.
The extremely jovial and relaxed atmosphere was enjoyed by all, with people travelling to attend from right throughout the region, as well as the rest of Scotland and from as far away as London.
The success of Dumfries Pride proved that rural areas can host successful Pride events, and that Dumfries and Galloway is a great place to visit, regardless of your sexual orientation.
Michael Hawthorne the LGBT Community Health Manager of LGBT Youth Scotland
said: “Dumfries Pride was an event for the whole community, celebrating Dumfries and Galloway’s rich diversity.
“As well as congratulating the region for its leading stance on working towards full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Dumfries Pride raised the visibility of LGBT people within our communities.
“That we have been able to reach out to people who may be living in very isolated situations because of reactions to their sexual orientation is a massive achievement – but, that we have also been able to encourage the whole community to come together to show their support for equality is fantastic.”
Alongside the main stage acts (including Michelle McManus and Rozalla), there was a good balance of activities for all ages and interests.
All attractions were busy throughout the day, from the ‘Kidz’ tent to the heavy bass of the Madonna themed dance tent.
Inga McVicar, Marketing Manager of Dumfries Pride said: “We were absolutely blown-away by the response.
“It’s a very sad fact that homophobia and discrimination still exists throughout Scotland, but Dumfries Pride has made another very important step in improving the daily lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in our community.”