Pride House Patrons
People who support the work of Pride House Glasgow
Shona Robison MSP
Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights
‘I am proud to be a patron of Pride House as I am proud of what Pride House stands for. I think it is important we celebrate the progress made towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people here in Scotland, but to also recognise the different journeys other countries are on in achieving the same.
Pride House will facilitate the sharing of good practice, experiences and resources and provide a constructive platform for voices that may not have previously had the opportunity to be heard. It will promote the visibility, inclusion and participation of LGBT people by celebrating the contribution LGBT people make not only to sport but in society more generally, and I hope this will be conducive to challenging homophobia and transphobia in sport and producing role models LGBT people can aspire to.’
Marco Biagi MSP
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central
‘While the cause of LGBT equality has come on leaps and bounds even in my lifetime, LGBT role models in sport are rare and so there must be many athletes who continue to hide their sexuality. I hope Pride House can help to normalise the place of LGBT athletes in sport, and make sure that the next generation of gay athletes come of age into a more tolerant and diverse sporting community.’
Scottish radio and television presenter
‘As one of the most welcoming cities in the world, Glasgow is set to deliver a friendly, inclusive games for all and Pride House most definitely has a big part to play in that. Gay men and women can often feel excluded from mainstream sport so I am delighted to be a patron of this great initiative which will promote equality and help make it a games to remember for LGBT Scots and visitors from around the Commonwealth.’
Captain of the Women’s Sitting Volleyball team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
‘Whilst it is great that, for the most part, purposeful discrimination is behind us, the issue remains that much provision and services are geared towards the majority and that too often, minority groups go unnoticed. That is why places like Pride House are so important. Firstly, they recognise and demonstrate how valued LGBT people are in relation to participating in, organising, volunteering and supporting sport. Many of these people do so for little recognition or reward, but are often shining role models for so many people. Secondly, I believe they provide a place for LGBT people and anyone who wants to be inclusive to come together, celebrate their love of sport. That is why I am so honoured to be part of Pride House; valuing, supporting and broadening the experiences of our community.’
Patrick Harvie MSP
Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party
‘The Commonwealth Games offers Scotland an opportunity to make sport inclusive for LGBT people in Scotland, and more importantly to challenge the prejudice and discrimination that many Commonwealth governments still impose on their citizens. Now that we’ve made progress toward equality and human rights in Scotland it’s vital that we help to achieve that around the world, and Pride House can help us build lasting link with activists in countries like Uganda, Nigeria and Brunei where equality isn’t a matter of pensions and inheritance – it’s a matter of life and death.’
Councillor Gordon Matheson
Leader of Glasgow City Council
‘I am delighted to support Pride House, which I am sure will be a great success during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glasgow is famed for its welcome to all, and our guests will see the very best of the city this summer.’
Sir Menzies Campbell MP
Member of Parliament for North East Fife
‘Sport breaks down barriers, creates and encourages diversity. These Commonwealth Games are for all of us. They will bring together the citizens of Glasgow and our guests. At Pride House there will be a welcome for all.’
Sir Menzies is a former British 100 metre record holder.
Alison Johnstone MSP
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothian
‘Pride House will be a great asset for the Games, and will provide essential support in the campaign for equality and diversity in sport. We must strive towards a culture that not only allows LGBT athletes to compete without feeling they have to hide their sexuality, but encourages many of them to become positive role models to ensure younger people are inspired to pursue their sporting potential.’
Alison formerly represented Scotland in the 800 and 1500 metres.
Chief Executive, Glasgow 2014
Glasgow 2014 is a key member of the LGBT Stakeholder Group helping to ensure that the LGBT community have a voice within the Commonwealth Games. They have been highly supportive of the Pride House project and given a great deal of tangible help throughout the time since LEAP Sports Scotland was appointed to organise and manage the project.
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said ‘We aim to stage an outstanding, athlete-centred and sport-focused Games of world class competition; a Games that will be celebrated across the Commonwealth, generate enormous pride in Glasgow and Scotland, and leave a lasting legacy.
I am incredibly proud to become a patron of Pride House, a fantastic initiative promoting respect for human rights and positive social change. Glasgow 2014 continues to focus on using the power of the Games to change attitudes by celebrating diversity in everything we do and by delivering a truly inclusive sports programme.’
Chief Executive, SportScotland
sportscotland, a key member of Scotland’s National Sports Co-ordinating Group, have worked with LEAP Sports Scotland on our engagement with sports governing bodies. They provided substantial ongoing practical support to ensure that LGBT issues are fully considered within the sports agenda.
Stewart Harris said ‘At sportscotland our aim is to ensure that everyone in Scotland has more and better opportunities to be involved in sport. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has given us a fantastic opportunity to accelerate our plans for a world class sporting system at every level to help us deliver those opportunities.
We work closely with our partners in LEAP Sports Scotland and the governing bodies of sport to understand the barriers to participation for the LGBT community and Pride House has a very important role to play in encouraging increased engagement. I am very proud to be a Patron for Pride House and look forward to attending events during the Games.’