Marching and partying with Pride in Alloa

It’s all about parading with Pride – details have been released of the first event in the central belt town of Alloa to mark LGBT awareness, on Saturday August 13.

The day of activity is a response by two women who suffered allegedly homophobic abuse on a train trip from Glasgow to Stirling in May. Read our original story here

The event has  snowballed into a celebration of diversity and LGBT culture in Alloa.

Co-organiser Louise Downe said: “We were shocked at the reaction people had. In about two hours we’d gone from something bad happening to us, to about 30,000 people tweeting and sending Facebook offers help to host a pride in Alloa.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of the town and its LGBT community – in particular Forth Valley LGBT Youth Group – who’re helping to organise the afternoon’s events – the Scottish Regional Equality Council, British Transport Police, Police Scotland, Pride Glasgow and Peppes Bar who’re hosting the evening’s party.

“I think above all what this shows is that diversity isn’t something that can be reserved for large towns and cities. It’s important that LGBT communities wherever they are are visible and have a voice.”

The parade, which starts from Alloa train station at 3pm, will be followed by an an all ages party at the Bowmar Community Hall hosted by the local LGBTYS group from 4pm-8pm, and music and DJs at Peppes from 8pm to late.

Attendees should sign up to the Facebook page,

or follow @alloa_pride on Twitter for the latest details.

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