Scottish singer-songwriter, and ‘Queen of Pride’, Horse McDonald will be the headline act this year 


If you’re thinking of catching a bus in Glasgow anytime soon, expect it to be covered in rainbows. In response to a rise in attacks on the LGBTQIA community, a fleet of double-decker buses with the LGBTQIA progress flag and the words Love Wins are now in service in Glasgow (and will remain after Pride Month). 

The iconic Horse McDonald kicked off the celebrations by showcasing the new bus, and revealed that she would be headlining Mardi Gla this year on 15 July. 

Horse said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Glasgow Pride and to officially launch Glasgow’s first Pride Bus. I’m so proud that from our small but mighty city, we are leading the way in inclusivity.”

Glasgow’s Pride is one of the only major Pride event in the UK which receives no financial support from the Local or National Government which allows them to make sure every event is completely free. Mardi Gla is also one of the few Pride events that place queer women at the centre of the celebration. This year’s theme is: Women of the LGBT+ Movement. 

This new fleet of buses represents the resilience of Glasgow’s queer community and the unwavering support of First Bus to the LGBTQIA community. 

David Christian, Head of HR at First Bus Scotland, said: “Our new fleet of buses have been designed to both celebrate and show our support for the LGBT+ community, and we’re proud to launch such a beautiful, visual demonstration of this to both our workforce, our customers and the communities that we serve.” 

Available all year round, these new buses act as a symbol of hope despite the rising rates of violence against the queer community. 

“Glasgow built the ships that sailed the word, the steam trains of empire, the cable car system of San Francisco and will now lead the world in Pride buses taking the message of equality to every corner of our city region,” said Euan McLeod, Executive Director of the LGBT+ Cooperative. 

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