We caught up with Marco Biagi, Scottish Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, who talks about the importance of Pride as a community event and shares his memories of his first Pride, which happened to be Pride Glasgow.
Listen to the full interview below.
Biagi, who is open about his sexuality, told Dan Littauer, of KaleidoScot that “Pride is a great movement and way to showing our diversity … being proud of who you are and overcoming any difficulties by the sheer force of visibility.”
While Biagi is proud of the Scotland achievements regarding LGBTI equality, he thinks are areas that need further work, in particular, transgender rights.
Biagi further speaks about his first Pride, which was Pride Glasgow and has fond memories from the event.
He also thinks Pride is important raising awareness and community sprit, through engagement and involvement with health charities, rights, youth charities, a diversity of groups and the gay scene.
He also thinks that the participation of public services, such as police, NHS and even rail gives a clear message of confidence to LGBTI people in Scotland. In that they visibly and openly include LGBTI people and allies, who foster and understanding and welcoming environment. This to Biagi is not only important for people working in such organisations but and accessing their services.
Biagi loves the line-up of Pride Glasgow and in particular is looking forward to Katrina, from Katrina and the Waves, “when I was 14 I remember watching her during Eurovision and going all squeaky about it. I don’t know how my parents didn’t guess then to be honest.
“Pride is everybody coming together, sharing experiences, [from more] serious that build up friendships, relationships and understanding between people. All that is important, building communities, makes people more proud of who they are, more able to be themselves.”
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