First-ever gay rights march in West Lothian

Members of the West Lothian LGBT Youth Forum/Glitter Cannons group, who have organised the event with West Lothian Council staff
Members of the West Lothian LGBT Youth Forum/Glitter Cannons group, who have organised the event with West Lothian Council staff

A march which symbolises gay freedom and expression will be held in West Lothian for the first time on Friday.

The West Lothian Pride March is taking place at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston where around 800 people are expected to attend to celebrate the district’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Councillor Angela Moohan, who represents the area on the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council Board, said “history will be made” by the staging of the event and is asking for the community’s support.

She said: “I’m delighted that West Lothian history will be made when we host our first ever Pride event on Friday.

“I hope local residents will turn out in force to join in the celebrations and show their support for our LGBT community. With around 800 people already planning to attend, the first West Lothian Pride event promises to be a vibrant, inclusive event for everyone, not just the LGBT community.

“We also hope the event will also raise awareness of the issues that can be faced by LGBT people, and promote greater understanding among the community as a whole.”

The Gay Pride movement started back in the late 1960s and early seventies as a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT people and to promote equality.

Participants in the event will march from Howden Park Centre to the West Lothian Civic Centre at 2pm where speakers from West Lothian Council, LGBT Youth Scotland and the award-winning West Lothian LGBT Youth Forum and Glitter Cannons Youth projects will make speeches.

The event has been organised by West Lothian Council’s Community Youth Services and LGBT Youth Scotland, with live music, entertainment, information and stall holders from a host of LGBT voluntary organisations and charities such as Stonewall Scotland and Gay Men’s Health at Howden Park Centre over the course of the afternoon.