We had a fantastic turn out at Edinburgh Pride and were delighted so many volunteers, young people, allies and supporters joined us on the march on Saturday, 22nd June to celebrate and mark 50 years since the Stonewall uprisings in 1969. It is also LGBT Youth Scotland’s 30th birthday year so this really was a special day for us to celebrate.
Wagamama St Andrew Square kindly hosted our volunteer briefing in the morning and looked after us with drinks and food to ensure we could go on the march fully fuelled.
For the first time ever we had our very own float which was provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Bridon Contracts; and decoration of it and placards sponsored by Baillie Gifford. A big thank you to Stevie and Krista, driver and co-pilot from Bridon Contracts for their time, support and good vibes. Thanks to the staff and volunteers who turned up early to decorate the float which looked absolutely brilliant in rainbow colours and glitter!
We were pleased to have a team from Amazon Customer Services Edinburgh and Sainsburys South Bridge join us. Mercat Tours who recently awarded us their ‘charity of the year’ title were also supporting us by helping us spread the word about our ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ campaign and raise awareness.
After the march the celebrations continued at the LGBT Youth Scotland’s Youth Space at Potterrow which was sponsored by Edinburgh Dungeon. We saw a record number of 417 young people attend the Youth Space and join in with creative and interactive activities including face-painting, badge making, temporary tattoos and the open mic stage which was hosted by REEL Youth Media.
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Pride Edinburgh and would like to say a huge thank you all who supported us and joined in!