Perth and Kinross leads the way on LGBT 'History Month' events

Perth and Kinross was at forefront of national activity for this year's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month which is an opportunity to celebrate LGBT life and culture and to recognise the achievements of LGBT people and communities.

Perth & Kinross Council flew the rainbow flag from its headquarters at 2 High Street in Perth throughout the month.

Successful consultation

Following a successful consultation held by the LGBT charity Pink Saltire in October 2017, almost 30 local people have volunteered to get involved in the organisation of a new Perthshire Pride event. Plans are now well underway to announce the Pride event which will be one of ten taking place across Scotland in 2018. Organisers are still keen to hear from anyone else interested in getting involved. The plans can be followed by visiting the Perthshire Pride Facebook page or by emailing

Promoting equality and diversity

Perth & Kinross Council Housing and Communities Committee Convener Councillor Peter Barrett commented: "Raising the rainbow flag outside the Council's HQ marks our commitment to promoting equality and diversity, valuing everyone and improving public services in Perth and Kinross. Making equality and diversity an integral part of the way Perth & Kinross Council works and our promotion and support of LGBT History Month is one way we are achieving this. Our vision is of a Perth and Kinross where people are to participate in their local community free from discrimation."

Changing society

Stuart Duffy, founder of the LGBT charity Pink Saltire, said, "It really is a mark of our changing society that the vast majority of Scotland's local councils now take an active role in promoting equality and diversity for LGBT History Month. Our charity was established in 2014 with the aim of improving representation of LGBT people from smaller and more rural communities, so we are very pleased to see a range of work happening in Perth and Kinross and want to recognise the local authority and others around Scotland, for the work they do and the improvements being made.Our hope is that Councils will continue to build on this really positive work which helps change attitudes and tackles discrimination in local communities."