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Rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of those taking part in the annual parade through the city centre on Saturday.

The Scots certainly know how to celebrate and a downpour before the main event just meant the supporters cheered all the louder.

This year’s theme is inclusive education in support of a campaign for a Scottish Government commitment to tackle high rates of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the country’s schools.

On the morning of the parade Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, recorded a message saying: “I know the theme of this year’s event is inclusive education and that for the Scottish Government is so important, making sure that education is a place where we challenge discrimination and allow everybody to flourish.”

She added: “Events like Glasgow Pride are so important – important because they allow all of us to celebrate LGBTI equality but also because they allow us to stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTI community to challenge discrimination and prejudice where it still exists.”

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Equalities Secretary Angela Constance, who spoke at the event, said: “Pride Glasgow is an opportunity to celebrate LGBTI communities and to present a unified front by standing and marching together against hate crime.

“Showing this solidarity is even more important in the wake of recent atrocities in Orlando and the persecution LGBTI people in other parts of the world face on a daily basis.”

Festival director Ross Stevenson estimated that more than 6,000 people joined the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex pride, one of the biggest ever turnouts for the annual event in Scotland’s biggest city.




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