AN LGBT Pride House will be established to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes, fans and visitors during the Commonwealth Games, the Scottish Government has announced.
The venue, on Glasgow’s Albion Street, will provide a welcoming place to view the competitions, and enjoy the events and cultural programmes planned around the Games.
Organisers hope that Pride House, revealed by Scotland on Sunday last month and funded by almost £25,000 from the Scottish Government, will provide an opportunity to help tackle homophobia in sport.
It will also be the place to find out more information and advice about the wider events programme in 2014 for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) visitors to Scotland, including activities around Homecoming Scotland.
‘World leader on LGBT equality’
Shona Robison, the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sports, said: “In 2014 Scotland is taking centre stage in global terms as host of the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Homecoming Scotland and MTV Europe Awards. This provides us with a unique opportunity to welcome the world and also showcase our country’s many great strengths to a truly massive audience.
“Scotland is already a world leader on LGBT equality and I am delighted to announce that to further boost these credentials, the Scottish Government is providing almost £25,000 to support Pride House during Games time.
“Through a programme of partner events and activities led by LEAP Sports Scotland, Pride House will provide a warm welcome to Scotland’s LGBT community and visitors from near and far during Games time as well as creating a legacy for the future.
“As both Minister for the Commonwealth Games and for Equality, I am delighted to announce the venue for Pride House in Glasgow’s Merchant City. This is a central, convenient, and visible location right beside Commonwealth House and which will be at the heart of Glasgow 2014.”
‘Inclusive and welcoming’
Glasgow City Council has provided the location for Pride House.
The venue has also received £9,960 from the National Lottery funded Celebrate programme which provides awards for communities across Scotland to come together to hold arts, heritage, sports and local community celebrations of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, said: “Glasgow 2014 has the Commonwealth Games Federation’s values of equality, humanity and destiny at the heart of our delivery of Glasgow and Scotland’s Games for the athletes of the Commonwealth.
“Like the city and nation, Glasgow 2014 aspires to be inclusive and welcoming. The announcement of Pride House is another demonstration of the positive and unifying power of sport.”