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Joe McElderry to headline Pride Glasgow

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  1. Please Pink News, stop putting the gay label on all celebrities who we already know are gay! If you were talking about Tom Jones, you would not say straight singer would you?

    1. Would you be happier if it was written as “[gay] singer”? (Not all of us watch X Factor!)

  2. i wonder who will be paying for this big name then as Glasgow Pride dont really have the funds to pay top names…..previous prides in this city consisted of drag queen acts from various clubs & pubs (who were crap) and a couple of bands not even heard of…Ohh and to top that their even asking Glasgow City Council to fund them and asking for George Square for free….dont the stupid organsiers realise Glasgow is in difficult financial difficulty and asking for freebies & money from the council at this time is wrong and will not be surprised if the council tell them whre to go…as for AXM headin this, i wonder if they would be forthcoming if they knew about the background of previous Glasgow Prides, poor quality, financial difficulties…and bad managament…would they (AXM) got involved….dont think so.

    1. “Glasgow Pride dont really have the funds to pay top names”

      Perhaps they’ve sorted out the funding since the last event.

      “their even asking Glasgow City Council to fund them and asking for George Square for free”

      I’d find it hard to believe that any event which would be bringing money into a city’s economy wouldn’t ask for either full or part discount on use of a venue/space. And, correct me if I’m wrong, don’t a lot of council’s currently provide some funds towards community events such as Prides elsewhere?

      “as for AXM headin this, i wonder if they would be forthcoming if they knew about the background of previous Glasgow Prides”

      I don’t imagine a company that’s willing to expand from Manchester up to Glasgow would then be foolish enough to get involved with something without doing their homework.

      “the background of previous Glasgow Prides, poor quality, financial difficulties…and bad managament…”

      I think it’s safe to say your point isn’t coming from a neutral standpoint eh?

    2. Ross Stevenson 5 Apr 2012, 3:43pm

      Sandy first of as festival director i resent being called stupid the council should be supporting an event the size of pride as it brings in a lot more to the city and of course we recognise the financial difficult situation that the whole economy is in not just the council . However the council support a range of other festivals and events

      Previous events in the city haven’t just included drag queen acts and bands no one heard of since 2008 there has always been a named act, Including 2010 where we had five, Laura White and Horse all of whom were well known.

      AXM chose to get involved and I will not have you write lies about the organisation, the management and financial situation of the organisation is secure. The event is put on to the highest quality and can only get bigger and better and we have just completed a development plan to give the event a more structured growth over the next 5 years to see it return to the city on an annual basis and grow in size.

      1. Ross Stevenson 5 Apr 2012, 3:50pm

        Plus the event has a well managed budget and event management plan and we wouldn’t be spending money on Joe if we didn’t know we had the funds to cover it.

        The majority of feedback we get about previous events and about the AXM announcement and the headline act announcement has been very positive people seem to want pride to succeed. Rather than criticise the event get involved the entire event is run and see for yourself. The event is organised by volunteers who basically give up their lives for 6 months to organise it. Its near enough a full time job and do we do it cause we enjoy it… well a little but the main reason we do it is to give the LGBT community in Glasgow an event they can call their own and give something back to the community.

        1. Well Ross it seems there are always those complaining types that sit on their backsides while others do all the work. Perhaps if they used the energy they waste on whining to being involved in a project such as this they could feel better about it. I don’t live there but kudos to you and the others that give so much for events such as these where people can get together and have a good time.

  3. Unless you are reading this and from another country. Some of us are international readers and would not necessarily know.

    1. Why the need for gay prides anyway

      1. Paddyswurds 5 Apr 2012, 7:04pm

        Who ever said there was a need, Sal??

    2. Paddyswurds 5 Apr 2012, 7:03pm

      @Chris…
      …Google is an excellent tool and is limited only by your imagination and is available worldwide., even in the backwoods of America or whatever other cave you inhabit……

  4. and then there were three 5 Apr 2012, 6:36pm

    Having been a gay man for many many years, i now think that it is time that Prides are re-looked at and time to decide if Prides are really needed as we now live in the 21st century and already we have standing in the community and also have equality to a degree, though there is still a lot of inequality WITHIN many lgbt communties and this is where the real problems rise and no amount of Prides in any town or city will be able to change that.
    Prides, in my view, do not really serve a purpose to the lgbt community, particularly in smaller cities and towns.
    Prides only serves the masses of clubs and pubs by the amount that is spent in these places and to me this is wrong. I understand that some Prides charge a fee for the event, which does make sense and all the money made should be put directly back into Prides coffers, instead of greedy publicans who just love these extravagances.
    having been to 2 previous Glasgow Prides and was not impressed, living in Brighton, im not surprised

    1. “we have standing in the community and also have equality to a degree, though there is still a lot of inequality WITHIN many lgbt communties and this is where the real problems rise and no amount of Prides in any town or city will be able to change that.”

      What would you suggest instead then? It’s just I’m not happy having “equality to a degree” and Pride serves as a good way to raise my opinion about it in public

      1. I prefer having meaningful equality – rather than “to a degree”

        If people don’t like pride, they don’t have to go.

  5. Paddyswurds 5 Apr 2012, 6:58pm

    Perhaps he could pay the ignorant and vile rabble rouser Keith O’Brien a visit while he is there and put him “straight” on a few things about the human condition….

    1. I notice that AXM are sponsoring this event and Joe……..good luck Joe. your gonna need it up north mate…
      Unfortunetly i would not be attending the event nor any of AXM’x venues as they state they are giving door donations to malawi.
      I for one, as many other will, refuse to give money to an organisation that supports a country that is homophobic, barbaric (they kill gays) and hate gays to a very high degree.and i refuse to support organisations that support countries such as these. My well earned hard cash does go to charities now and again, but only to charities that i know the money will be spent of and not to the dictaors that run these horrible countries.

      1. The money goes to Moni Malawi. A scottish based charity, not Malawi dictators though.

      2. killicrankie 10 Apr 2012, 2:10pm

        Why would he need good luck ‘up north’? In case he buys a lottery ticket? bizarre comment.

  6. As if pride on its own weren’t a good enough reason to be out of town.

  7. well done Joe nice guy, good looking guy got the lot and I wish you all the best and success babe

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