The award winning Pride House Glasgow – which was a central feature of the equality and human rights programming of the 2014 Commonwealth Games – will be making a return for this year’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.
Pride House will be led as a partnership between LEAP Sports and Unity Enterprise, and will take place at The Spoon Café on Trongate from 10 – 16 July, a social enterprise which is run by Unity Enterprise.
Emma Soanes, Chief Executive of Unity Enterprise said the organisation are delighted to be partnering with LEAP Sports and hosting a programme of events and activities that showcase the incredible skills and contributions of all our citizens.
The role of sport in changing lives is centre stage at the Homeless World Cup, and by having a Pride House at the event which creates a space to explore such issues and to consider the impact of sport on human rights and social change is an important step. They expect to provide a wide and varied programme such as in 2014, but will also take the opportunity to bring a focus on important issues such as homelessness, asylum and migration of LGBTI communities. This will also mark the first time that a Pride House has taken place at the Homeless World Cup.
Welcoming the news, Mel Young, Co-Founder of the Homeless World Cup Foundation told LEAP Sports: “We’re pleased to see Pride House opening again, this time for the 2016 tournament in Glasgow. We’ve committed to ensuring that George Square will be the most inspiring place on the planet this July, and that means demonstrating tolerance, compassion and support for all communities who strive for equality and social justice.”
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for Equalities, Councillor Archie Graham OBE, said: “Football brings communities together and nowhere will that be more evident that at the Homeless World Cup in George Square this July. It will be a real celebration of diversity and I am delighted that Pride House will be at the heart of the celebrations. LEAP Sports Scotland are making a real difference in communities across the country and I am sure that Pride House will make a significant contribution to what will be a fantastic festival of football.”
Pride Houses are spaces at global sporting events which create a space for LGBTI people to engage with and celebrate the event, to explore LGBTI issues in sport, and to build relationships with mainstream sport.
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