A Queer Chat With

Perthshire Pride’s Founder, Claire MacKenzie.

Welcome Back To LGBTQ+ Friendly Perthshire.

This time, we’d love to share the full interview with Claire MacKenzie from our most recent travels through Scotland in episode three.

In the video below, we’ll meet Claire MacKenzie, the founder of Perthshire Pride, who shares with us some of Perth’s LGBTQ+ history and how she came to creating the group as we know it today.

Join in with us!

Video Timestamps.

00:12 – 03:46 – Claire’s Backstory
03:50 – 05:27 – Pink Saltire Consultation
05:29 – 05:51 – Gaining momentum & attention as a new charity
05:52 – 08:57 – Why is Perth ‘A City Transformed?’
09:50 – 14:39 – How do you feel about the progress made towards Perth’s new LGBTQ+ Hub?
14:40 – 18:26 – The Story of Rev. Scott Burton
18:27 – 19:42 – Typical Stereotypes
19:42 – 20:18 – A song by Fred Rodgers
20:19 – 21:28 – The Hero’s Journey
21:29 – 25:19 – The story behind ‘Getting Gandalf Back to the Shire’
25:20 – 25:37 – Thanks
25:38 – 26:45 – Credits
26:46 – 27:33 – Notice for those wishing to use this video for education/journalism purposes

Perthshire Pride.

This community found its home here when one local lady, Claire MacKenzie, began to plant seeds of connection at the grassroots level, and before long over 6,000 local and not-so-local folks are turning up here at their annual event each year to show their support for Perthshire Pride and to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

The growing team saw their collective efforts manifest into their first local pride event in 2018 and then their first local pride march in 2019.

2019 was another special year because guess who returned to the shire once more? Gandalf! Yes, that really did happen! Sir Ian McKellen marched down Tay Street with the LGBTQ+ community and then gave a memorable speech at the culture quarter outside Perth Concert hall.

In episode three, we explore even more LGBTQ+ friendly spaces around Perth and Perthshire, come along!

Links to Further LGBTQ+ Travel Resources:

▶ Piotr Gudan of LGBTQ+ Friendly Outdoor Explore | Perth City Tours | Perthshire Adventure
▶ Melanie Thompson of The BerryB Stall at Thomas Thomson Blairgowrie Ltd.
▶ Ashleigh Slater of Tartan Caledonia & Nest Creative Spaces CIC
Ian Imrie Perth Street Artist
▶ Jud Pollock (Handcrafted Pottery)| Tea with Jud
Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Check out VisitScotland for more information especially about LGBTQ+ Travel.

TheCourier.co.uk wrote an article about the work being carried out by Pink Saltire on the development of Perthshire’s new LGBTQ+ Community Hub which will soon be available in Perth City for all.

Other groups taking part in the development of this LGBTQ+ Hub are Perth Parrots Floorball Club | Transgender Perth | Scotland LGBT Youth Scotland | Equality Network | Perth & Kinross Council

About kyleslife.

Our passion here at kyleslife is to help you to explore and travel locally and sustainably around Scotland’s towns and shires.

We also have a YouTube channel where we share various Scottish travel tips and travel guides from born & bred locals.

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