The lesbian singer-songwriter was named this year’s Queen of Pride
BY ELLA PORTEOUS
Glasgow’s Pride weekend has officially begun after the Scottish music star Horse McDonald returned Glasgow’s Pride flag. The lesbian singer-songwriter, who was named this year’s Queen of Pride, made history after becoming the first person to arrive with the flag via boat.
Following the fabulous arrival with the flag, Horse said: “As this year’s Queen of Pride, I’m delighted to return the Pride flag to the city.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to be the first person to do this. I hope it becomes a tradition to have a flag bearer during Pride.
“The Clyde itself after a long journey is at the heart of our city, a proud and visible source for all our communities. It unites all of us, regardless of who we are. The perfect symbol of Pride.”
The theme of this year’s event is “Women of the LGBTQ+ Community and Movement”, making McDonald’s role as the Queen of Pride very fitting. The music artist has a long history of supporting LGBTQIA events; in 2012 she appeared on The L Project’s charity single, It Does Get Better, with proceeds going to LGBTQIA charities.
Daniel Syme, the Chair of Mardi Gla Glasgow, said: “Using the Clyde to bring the pride flag to Glasgow is the perfect metaphor for just how far our city has come.
“From barely 40 years ago, when it was illegal to be gay in Scotland, to last year, when we hosted Scotland’s largest-ever Pride March with over 21,000 people – it’s amazing to see our city be so LGBTQ+ inclusive.”
Glasgow’s Pride is Scotland’s largest pride event, with roughly 5000 people taking part in the march each year. Last year’s march was the largest yet, and the organisers hope even more LGBTQIA people and allies will come out to show their presence and support.
The event takes place this Saturday (15 July) in Glasgow Green. Speeches will begin at 11:30 am, with the march starting at noon. The route will follow the river from Glasgow Green until Osward Street, where it will take a right and snake through the city, ending in George Square. Remember to bring waterproofs! It’s currently looking like it might be a bit rainy.
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