PRIDE St Andrews, Fife’s longest running event celebrating the LGBT+ community, took place on Saturday 20 April.
This event, celebrating love and diversity across the St Andrews community, was organised by Saints LGBT+. The parade ran across town starting from North Street to South Street to Church Street to Greyfriars Garden, and the parade ended at the Students’ Association building where attendees were encouraged to attend a welcome reception.
Paloma Paige, President of the Students’ Association, said, “The Students’ Association exists to represent all St Andrews students and it is with great pleasure that we support this year’s Pride St Andrews parade and everything it stands for, not least its positive and inclusive message.”
Saints LGBT+ is an organisation at St Andrews that promotes the wellbeing of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender background, and to support an open and safe environment for the St Andrews community.
Because Saints LGBT+ is part of the Association subcommittee, every student at St Andrews is automatically a member of this group and is always welcomed at its events.
Students’ Association LGBT+ Officer, Parker Hansen said, “LGBT+ pride events are the only times that we, as a community, step out and say to the world that we are here, in public spaces.
“Pride is also important as a protest, to remind the world that even if St Andrews is a relatively accepting place, there is still so much work to be done to make sure that being proud to be LGBT is no longer a radical act.”
Hansen also added, “The point of a Pride parade is to come together as an LGBT+ community regardless of where we are from, how old we are, or how long we plan on staying to show our beautiful diversity to the world.”
Those that attended the event were encouraged to bring their own banners and flags to the parade to celebrate St Andrews’ diverse community and to show support for PRIDE and the St Andrews LGBT+ society.
Professor Ruth Woodfield, Assistant Vice-Principal (Diversity), said before the event, “I very much look forward to the PRIDE day in St Andrews. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our strategy going forward and we hope to see as many people as possible at the event.” The parade and reception were free to all those that attended.
The parade lasted for 30 minutes and the reception ended at 5 pm.
Filled with lots of fun activities such as music, food, and rainbows, PRIDE 2019 provided an open and accepting environment to celebrate everyone regardless of their background.