COVID- 19 UPDATE – 23/03/2020

 

Glasgow’s Pride Mardi Gla 2020

 

As the reality of the current pandemic starts to become apparent in Glasgow, we wanted to update you with our planning for Glasgow’s Pride Mardi Gla.

Registration for the Pride March has now opened. We need groups, businesses and the third sector to sign up to help us ensure that our city has a Pride. Again, the events will be free to the public but by registering your organisation you will ensure that Glasgow can come together in a challenge affecting the whole world.

To enable people to register with confidence we are announcing that if required, our date will change. We will never put anyone at risk.  If you are booking hotel accommodation for the 11th, please ensure you choose a refundable rate or one of the hotel groups that is offering a book with confidence scheme.

For the next few months our small core team will be using video conferencing for meetings and we have already cancelled all fundraising events that were planned. We will not launch a wider volunteer programme until it is safe to do so. We are sorry that this will disappoint people who were looking forward to starting to work on Mardi Gla 2020 – we will let you know when we can accept your applications.

We continue to closely monitor the advice of governments and public health organisations. We will continue planning for the 11th of July, however in a rapidly evolving situation, it may not be possible to proceed on the 11th. We believe it is important that Glasgow has a Pride and wanted to share our contingency plans.

If government advice changes we will move Mardi Gla to the 26th September so please provisionally place this in your diary.

We have reached out to Pride Glasgow and asked that they join us on the Mardi Gla march as Glasgow must have a Pride. Our community has faced an epidemic before and people rallied together to support those in need. Community Leaders at the time realised the importance of celebration, in the face of such pain, on our mental health and the symbol of Pride, the Rainbow Flag played a key role in keeping spirits up.

By the 11th of July or the 26th of September we can only hope that this crisis has eased and once again we will be able to go about normal life.

Please do take a moment to look at the advice from appropriate organisations on how best to protect you, those that you love and our community by staying updated on any actions taking place. –

NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Scottish Governmenthttps://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

The UK Government – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

The City Government https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you are able to, in the coming weeks ahead, we ask you kindly to look out for members of your community, be that in terms of the LGBT+ community, your local community, friends and work colleagues, who may need a bit of support.

The team behind Glasgow’s Pride Mardi Gla will continue to provide updates, where appropriate, to ensure that you are fully informed of what we are doing.

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