This Saturday 22 June is Edinburgh Pride.
We would like to invite all of our friends, collaborators, past audience members and allies to come stand tall and march with us as we draw attention to the fact that hate crimes against the LGBT community in Scotland is at its highest level since records began 10 years ago*.
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that jump started the modern LGBTQI+ civil rights movement, and we’re planning on dressing as our best selves, but with a hint that we’ve been in a riot. Bruises, cut lips, torn clothing… We’d love it if you did the same.
You can either rock up ready to go or come join Civil Disobedience in Regent Road Park from 11am on Saturday for a little help with make-up. Needless to say, you are welcome to join us even if you don’t want your face looking beat (pun intended).
We’ll then head to Parliament for the speeches at 12noon, before the march to Pride Village on Bristo Square takes off at 12.30pm. We won’t be sticking around though. Instead, we’ll be heading down to the ‘Pink Triangle’ to support the year-round inclusive scene at CC Blooms, Planet, The Street, Havana and The Regent. There, we’ll raise a glass to all who paved the way for the progress and privilege we enjoy today, before we kick off our heels and celebrate our beautifully diverse scene into the wee small hours.
You are of course very welcome to join us for any and all.
Barry & Joe x
*Figures released by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal show 1,216 anti-LGBT hate crimes were recorded in the year 2018-19, up 5% on the previous year, a near-consistent trend since hate crime legislation was introduced around a decade ago. Of course, these statistics only include cases that were reported.