Registered groups on the parade

We’ve had an amazing response to the parade. Over 50 groups have signed up to participate and there is still time to join in. Here’s the list so far.

  • Sheboom
  • LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Scottish Trans Community
  • Tay FM
  • Perth First Responders
  • Dundee Trades Union Council
  • HIV / Sexual Health Team NHS Tayside
  • Royal Mail
  • Relationship Sexual Health & Parenthood Young People’s Services (The WEB Project, Gowrie Care)
  • Dundee Methodist Church
  • BT PLC
  • Dundee University Students’ Association (Executive)
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish LGBTI Police Association
  • Scottish Episcopal Youth – Brechin Diocese
  • HMRC LGBT+ PRISM NETWORK
  • Monifieth Amateur Dramatics
  • NHS and allies
  • Santander
  • Dundee Women’s Aid
  • Public and Commercial Services (PCS Union
  • Mindspace   recovery collage
  • Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre – Dundee & Angus
  • Socialist Party Scotland
  • Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Make That A Take Records
  • Sing it Sign it: Tayside’s Makaton Choir
  • Barclays
  • Dundee Frontrunners
  • The James Hutton Institute
  • Lou
  • Dundee Stars
  • Prospect Union
  • Dundee Frontrunners
  • Outskirtsocial
  • Tide Scotland
  • Cowdenbeath LGBT Group
  • Abertay LGBT+ society
  • Revels of Angus
  • MUSICALITAY
  • Asda
  • Abertay University
  • Bingo wigs girls
  • Scottish Water LGBT and Allies
  • Food Not Bombs
  • Vegan Actions North East (VANE)
  • Industrial Workers of the World (Union)
  • Royal College of Nursing UK – Tayside Branch
  • Samaritans
  • Perthshire Pride
  • Scouts Scotland
  • Edinburgh Frontrunners

Getting to Pride has just gotten easier – take public transport!

Those of us who are long in the tooth or grey (or thin) of hair will remember the  long and difficult journey the LGBT+ community has had to get to where we are today – with 13 different Pride celebrations around Scotland in 2018.

Well the final journey to Dundee Pride 2018 has just been made a wee bit easier thanks to Xplore Dundee. Their new all electric City Circle Service 360 launched today and it runs around the city centre every 20 minutes, 7 days a week.  The route connects the bus and railway stations, the waterfront, local landmarks and the city centre. So take the bus or train into Dundee and then hop on the new electric bus.  #RideWithPride

Download the City Circle Service 360 brochure.

Get the app on your phone to purchase tickets online, saving you money, time and hassle: https://nxbus.co.uk/dundee/places-to-visit/offers/mticket-app

 

Buschie Fandango is our co-host

Bushie Fandango is our co-host

We’re very excited to announce Gareth Barton, a.k.a. Buschie Fandango, will be co-hosting the stage alongside Tay FM.

Buschie Fandango is a local and beloved Dundee drag queen, often described as old-school, classy and drop dead gorgeous (but that might just be the copious amounts of glitter).

Drag queen Bushie Fandango in an eccentric and fabulous get up (lots of clashing floral prints) in a street with her hand on her hip, smiling big!

When she’s not being a sultry housewife, she’s on a stage giving it showgirl realness. Having performed for several years she’s ready to shove some Pride into her beloved Dundee. And we can’t wait!

Dundee Pride’s headline acts announced

our headline acts

We’re excited to announce our three headline acts for the main Pride event in City Square from 13.00 on Saturday 22 September 2018.

Rainbow flag with black shapes on it. Behind three large shapes are the black and white photos of three music acts: Allan Jay, Rozalla and Sean Smith.

Join us on the day as we dance and get down to headliners Allan Jay, Rozalla and Sean Smith, alongside a great roster of local talent.

Allan Jay

Allan Jay is a Scottish recording artiste within the Dance Music Scene. Known for his powerful vocals and high energy performances he has performed across the world supporting such acts as Venga Boys, Shane Ward, Lucy Spraggen, Whigfield, Blue and S Club.

Rozalla

Rozalla Miller is a Zambian electronic music performer who has toured with Michael Jackson and whose huge hit Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) is one of the biggest dance anthems of the nineties.

Sean Smith

Sean Smith was one half of Same Difference, who entered the fourth season of the The X Factor, mentored by Simon Cowell. They reached the final, eventually finishing third.

Tay FM is Dundee Pride’s 2018 headline sponsor

Rainbow flag with black shapes across it and the words "Tay FM is our headline sponsor"

We are pleased to announce Tay FM as our headline sponsor for 2018. Working with Tay FM will ensure that the message of equality and diversity for LGBT+ people will be heard widely across the local area. In addition to the Pride message being on the air, Tay FM presenters will be co-hosting the entertainment on the main stage in City Square.

Dundee Pride Trustee Lisamarie Cohen said, “Tay FM’s support of Dundee Pride as the main sponsor demonstrates its commitment to the LGBT+ community in Dundee. Having such visible mainstream support sends a powerful message to those in Tayside who may be experiencing homophobia, bi-phobia or transphobia: Dundee is your home and you are welcome here.”

Lee Copland, our Operations and Logistics Lead, said, “Dundee Pride has been a long time coming, and in 2018 we are finally having our own Pride celebration. It’s been made possible by getting strong local support from a long-time Dundee institution like Tay FM. We hope the whole community will get behind Dundee Pride and the positive messaging that Tay FM will provide.”

Stuart Webster from Wake up with Webster said, “We are proud to lend our support to Dundee’s first Pride and to play our part in this important celebration. Tay FM is committed to supporting the local community and helping to share the message of equality and diversity for LGBT+ people”.

Huge thanks to Tay FM for coming on board and we look forward to seeing you all at Dundee’s first Pride parade on 22 September!

Dundee Pride awarded £10,000

We have been awarded £10,000 to stage our first ever event as we renew our call for trustees.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10k from Big Lottery’s Award for All funding in order the stage the first ever Pride event in Dundee.

Tommy Small, one of our Co-Chairs and Artistic Director of dance company Shaper/Caper, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding support from Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme. The event is due to take place on 22 September in City Square, with the backing of Dundee City Council and groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  We look forward to using the funding to stage a unique and truly Dundonian Pride event that celebrates equality.”

Now the charity we’re looking for individuals to step up to become Trustees of the organisation, bringing specific skills to help us grow.

Tim Kelly, our other Co-Chair and Dean at University of Dundee, said:

“Plans are well underway for a fantastic first event here in the city, something that is long overdue in Dundee and coming just one week after the V&A opening; it’s sure to be a week to remember!  As a charity though we are constantly looking at the skills we have in the Board and although we have a fantastic team of volunteers, we’re looking for people who have both the time and experience to really help us develop.”

“The challenge of course is to organise an event which showcases LGBT lives in Dundee and offers a chance for the community to be heard.  To do that takes months of planning and hard work from a core of skilled and dedicated people, all giving up their time and experience for free. We’re hoping to attract some really special people, who care deeply about our city and about this community having a bigger voice in Dundee.”

The Pride team will be hosting interviews for those interested in becoming Trustees of the charity nearer the end of July. There is an initial application process and we are looking for some specific skills. Tim says:

“We’d really like to attract someone with a legal background, especially in charity law or the third sector, and also someone with accounting or auditing experience, perhaps a finance manager or director. More generally though, we need people who can help us achieve our aims and objectives of having a fantastic event but also creating a legacy which improves LGBT representation in the city. Pride can’t just stop after 22 September!”

If you’d like to register, please email tim@dundeepride.com before 20 July.

Pride announcement

We’re delighted to confirm that the very first Dundee Pride will take place on Saturday 22nd September 2018 including a march around the city centre and a festival event at City Square!