Glasgow Pride breaks attendance recordsTop Highlights, Around the World Thursday, July 26th, 2012
GLASGOW, Scotland – Attendance records were shattered at Scotland’s biggest LGBT event, Glasgow Pride. According to The Glaswegian more than 6,000 people attended the event, breaking previous attendance records.
Held July 14, Glasgow Pride kicked off with a parade from Kelvingrove Park to George Square.
Ross Stevenson, Glasgow Pride director said, “I am so glad the parade and festivities were such a success and happened without any major problems. We estimate that a record number of around 6,000 people participated.”
Haydn Pope from nightclub AXM added, “We opened the Glasgow club in April and what a fabulous city, and one great street party. We stepped in as a sponsor, and it’s really important to me that we are part of the community and we’re giving back. Everyone is here having a great time partying, but also here demanding equal rights.”
At the festival, James Dornan, a Scottish National Party member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), spoke out against homophobia.
He said, “No one should be in that position, and that is why we are here calling for equality. I know Scotland is up for it, I know you are and so am I .”
Drew Smith, Labor MSP, added, “Pride is not just a party, it’s a demonstration. We’ve made progress through the years, and the next has to be equal marriage. This is not a debate about ‘gay rights’. It’s a debate about equal rights.”
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