Derek Bradford, CSRA’s Scotland rep, writes about CSRA’s involvement in Pride events around Scotland.

Thousands of revellers congregated on the streets of Glasgow on 19th July for Pride Glasgow 2014.

Following our success at Pride Scotia in Edinburgh a few weeks earlier, CSRA members, led by Derek Bradford, marched under the colourful PCS PROUD Banner in a fabulous parade which included many decorated floats, bands, drummers, horses and carts and we were cheered on by the crowds who lined the city centre streets.

This year’s parade was particularly significant as it took place just four days before the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where the athletes, representatives and supporters from the 53 Commonwealth member countries were in attendance.

In December 2012, all members of the Commonwealth adopted the Charter of the Commonwealth which affirmed their commitment to human rights regardless of “gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds” yet currently 42 of the 53 members class their LGBT citizens as criminals purely on the basis of their sexual orientation/gender identity with punishments including imprisonment or death.

We therefore marched in this year’s parade, with placards in hand to send a strong message of support to the LGBT community and to call for action to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia domestically and internationally.

The day was a huge success as everyone had such a fantastic time and promoting the work we do for the LGBT Community.

Hopefully next year we will have a CSRA Banner to march with at both Pride Scotia in Edinburgh and Pride Glasgow and I would hope that you will be able to join us.

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