Pride House Glasgow, which is due to take place during this year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow from 9th – 16th July, has launched a new crowdfunding campaign.
Pride Houses are pop up spaces at global sporting events that create a space for lesbian gay bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people to engage with and celebrate the event, to explore LGBTI issues in sport, and to build relationships with mainstream sport. Pride House Glasgow 2016 is being run as a partnership between LEAP Sports Scotland and Unity Enterprise.
Since announcing its return of Pride House, which proved hugely successful during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the response from the Scottish LGBTI community has been extremely positive. A new volunteer team has been signed up and a great deal of interest has been expressed in events and features within the space.
However, this time around funding the project has proved difficult, and it has been unable to secure any grant funding. As the Homeless World Cup was only announced a few months ago, there has been very little lead-in time to secure grant funding. A spokesperson for the project said: “We applied to a number of different sources for small grants and were hoping that one of these might come off. Our last hope was a small grant from Glasgow City Council and we heard last week that had also been unsuccessful. As a result, we’ve not managed to secure any grant support at all this time around”.
Organisers and community activists are determined that the project will go ahead and there are a number of fundraising and sponsorship efforts underway.
The crowdfunding campaign launched at the weekend has so far raised a few hundred pounds, and it is hoped that this can reach £1,000 before Pride House begins. People wishing to donate can do so here.
There has also been some interest in organisations sponsoring individual events within Pride House. Volunteers are organising a fundraising day at Glasgow Central Station on Wednesday 29th June and there is still some time to get involved. Further information can be obtained on the LEAP Sports website, where you can also sign up to volunteer.