My name is Donna Aitken and I have volunteered with Pride Glasgow for 4 years. I started of as a steward and on the day of my first Pride I got asked to be in box office due to my skills of cash handling as I was a waitress.
The following year I was then asked to be a team leader and by doing this it gave me so much more confidence, in which I decided to leave my job for a new position. Then in 2016 I became an area co-ordinator which involved me looking after the team leaders and volunteers in my area.
I put my heart and soul into making Pride and enjoyable experience for people the moment they enter the venue. I would like to help in anyway I can to make Pride Glasgow be the the best it can be. With all the skills I have acquired over the years of being a volunteer in 2016 I decided to apply within my work for a higher position which I still hold to this very day. Pride is a family to me, yes we argue and make back up but what family don’t?
I have volunteered with Pride for over 7 years and I have watched this event grow in all aspects. Like all the usual characteristics we have I am committed in making Pride bigger & better. I want to be part of the change which will help Pride grow. They say change is good, & I want to be part of that. Let’s do this! ❤️
Hello everyone my name is Ellis and I am from Glasgow’s East End.
Together with my Boyfriend Gints and friends I have attended pride in Glasgow for years now and also attend pride events all over the UK and rest of the world. This is the first year I will be involved in Glasgow Pride and I am honoured to be included as a member of the Forum.
I aim to promote peace, love, diversity, equality and help build our community. Pride this year is going to be more transparent and I look forward to exchanging ideas from everyone.
The reason I have decided to help out this year is because pride is starting over with a clean slate and I hope my knowledge and experiences can help deliver the best event for our community.
I’ve been part of the LGBT community for 30 years. Been a Pridevolunteer for 5 years. Seen Pride Glasgow grow to the amazing Pride it istoday. Would love to be part of such a big family and give back to thecommunity
The Pride Forum is a vital part ofPride Glasgow, it is responsible for holding the organisation to account,representing the LGBTQ community and ensuring that their wants and needs are atthe forefront of everything Pride Glasgow does.
As a member of the Forum I willensure that these are always kept front and centre and I am not afraid to asktough questions if/when needed. I welcome any member of the community tocontact me if they have questions, comments, etc as it’s my job to make surethey are represented and have their voices heard.
Thank you and here’s to making Pride Glasgow the best it can be!
I am so proud to be a member of the forum during it’s inaugural year. As a young, gay woman from Glasgow I am very excited to represent the wider community, to ensure the organisation of Pride Glasgow meets the wants and needs of the wider community. We have been given a blessing in disguise this year; the opportunity to learn, improve and expand, allowing us to come together, march together and celebrate together. This is our opportunity to show the rest of our country just how Proud we are in Glasgow.This is our opportunity to champion the message of Pride Glasgow;Love and Acceptance
Over the past year I have become more and more active within Glasgows (and to a lesser extent Edinburghs) trans community, as well as a growing involvement in the wider LGBTQI+ community. I’m particularly passionate about improving mental wellbeing for trans and non binary people in the local area. As one of those directly affected by the issues of Pride 2018, I would like to help make sure that going forward, Glasgow pride is the best it can be.
As a member of the LGBT community myself, i would like to represent all to enable everyone is inclusive and a fair representation of voices held.
I would like to nominate myself for the Forum, under the identity of Asexual and hope to bring Asexual interests and representation to the table. I am passionate about Pride, willing to help out any possible way I can, and always willing to educate myself
I have been a part of pride Glasgow as a spectator, a volunteer and a team leader for over 8 years and am happy to say that each year I have grown stronger and more passionate for the reasons we all march and stand every pride.
I want to be part of the pride forum because of this passion and strength. I have seen the past, took part in the present and most defiantly want to apply my skills and ideas to the future pride 2019.
I believe that pride event is more than a get-together and a laugh, I believe it’s a statement for equality and to shout it’s okay not to fit in to the social norm. Diversity within our communities are so important, as this helps our society learn and except people for who they are and not for what they may wear or who they may love. For this reason I feel we need to make Pride Glasgow 2019 even bigger and better as it does help everyone believe we can be any body, mind or soul we feel is the best for us, and most importantly have a place we feel safe to do this.I also feel that being a openly married lesbian , who works in a male dominant profession, but is also looking to start a family in the near future means I see areas from my lifestyle that may have been over looked in the past few years of pride. This allows me to want to find ways to include everyone when it comes to the event and activities and again is a major reason to be part of pride Glasgow 2019
As a founding member of the Glasgow Mission of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence, I feel I have a unique perspective within the queer community in Glasgow. The Order’s wide social media outreach helps us to understand the needs of the community & will help guide Pride Glasgow in the upcoming years. In habit, I’m known as Novice Brother Frank Lee McDear, and my pronouns are they/ them. Out of habit, I’m Amy, she/her. I’m looking forward to a great year with Pride Glasgow!
– I have worked with LGBT organisations for 6 years and have good contacts within the community
– I have pressed the board in its current form for answers and for the open AGM – Transparency need to be a top priority
– I have strong visions for Pride Glasgow to be an open, free, and radical platform for the LGBT community of Glasgow and more widely Scotland.
– I will push for higher levels of transparency and accountability from the Board and Trustees to the pride forum and the community more broadly.
– I will work for Pride to be an accessible day out, providing access to those who use wheelchairs and have other physical needs which were previously ignored by Pride Glasgow.
– I will advocate for Pride to do more throughout the year and look into new streams of fundraising to ensure activities can take place which benefit the wider community.
Hi my name is Christopher Cowie I have volunteered for Pride Glasgow for around 9 years I first got involved when my sister had come out as a lesbian and I wanted to show my support for her and the rest of the LGBT+ community and have been doing so ever since.
Over the years I have done different roles from parade steward, licensed steward for main event, team leader, site build team and I also helped run the bandstand for the 2018 event.
I have always enjoyed meeting new people over the years when volunteering with Pride Glasgow and from this I have made lots of new friends for life.
My back ground is built up from around 9 years of Security ranging from Door Supervisor, Security Guarding, CCTV, Large scale events and Close Protection I also have around 4 years working as a first aider and first person on scene responder for Ambulance Scotland and RedCrest Medical Service.
When volunteering with Pride Glasgow over the years I have got to know what works and what doesn’t this is why I would like to step up and help make Pride Glasgow the best it can be and if we all work together we can achieve this
As an open member of the Forum, I would like to work towards building a culture of equality and inclusiveness based on respect and acceptance. And, personally as a community member, I look forward to working with Glasgow Pride 2019 in creating an event that the wider community would want to be part of, and be proud of.
As the Parade Manager for Pride as well as Area Co-Ordinator for Access and Merchandise teams. I had along with the Volunteer Manager interviewed volunteers for team leader roles as well this I supported at Inductions as and when required. I was also the key point of contact for Glasgow City Council Processions Team, Police Scotland, the First Ministers Security Team aswell as all organisations groups and charities who wished to take part in the parade. I also managed Event Control on previous years and attended Glasgow City Council tabletop exercises along with external multi-agencies. Within my previous employment I have the skills and experience the forum may require and being a Health Safety Representative my key skills are communicating, problem solving during very sever and critical situations and safety is always at forefront of my mind. I have recently become the National Executive Council Member therefore the skills and experience I have learned and achieved can be very useful as well as the support from my fellow colleagues. I think it sounds amazing so far the work that is being done to create PG2019 and I’m glad to be a part of the Forum
I have 5 years experience as a volunteer with Pride and 8 years legal knowledge. I am a qualified paralegal since 2016 and now 3rd year clinical LLB student. I deal with people from various backgrounds on a daily basis and have expert research skills. I started off as a stand in volunteer with Pride and worked my way up to a team leader within my first two years as a volunteer. In 2018, I became an area co-ordinator. I have a passion for Pride and giving back to the festival that helped me grow in confidence year on year. I am excited to be part of the Pride Forum and look forward to the new challenges ahead.
I believe that I am a suitable candidate for the Pride Forum for several reasons. I have volunteered for Pride Glasgow since 2016 and have upheld a position within Box Office since, as both an Ambassador and Team Leader. I applied for an Area Coordinator position 2 months before the 2018 Event & was successful to gain a position as an Area Coordinator as of October 2018.
I believe I have a vast understanding of the challenges I could face with the Pride Forum such as disagreements on decisions made for future events. I believe that I can work within a team which I believe is the upmost requirement in which I believe I show well.
I would embrace the opportunity to bring my expertise and insight to the table in making Pride Glasgow succeed further in providing an event for LGBTI+ community & the wider community.
I feel that I have the backing of my current Area Co-ordinator and those within the Management Team to take on this new and exciting Role and to progress through the Pride hierarchy.
I want to personally develop, but more importantly I want to be part of the journey of Pride Glasgow’s continual development in making Pride accessible to the LGBTI+ community and our allies.
I am confident that Pride Glasgow could greatly benefit from what I have to offer.
Being a part of the LGBT community is a privilege to me and as a young lesbian I have been grateful for the support I have had and that I have been able to give. Being a lesbian has been a huge part of my identity and the way I carry myself as a person. I carry it close to me in every aspect of my life, especially on the music platform I hold as a young singer songwriter, and I feel it is my responsibility, when this secure in myself, to pass on the message of love and acceptance and would love to have the opportunity to hold a place on this forum to carry on this message.
I have been passionate about Pride and Pride Glasgow for several years and have become part of the new Pride Forum because of this passion. I’m using my role in the Forum is to ensure that the LGBTQ disabled community is represented and at the heart of everything that Pride Glasgow does going forward.
I want to ensure that past mistakes are not repeated by holding the organisation accountable to you, me and everyone within Glasgow’s LGBTQ community. With your input I believe that Pride Glasgow can become a more disabled friendly event that I am standing to bring my ideas along with your ideas to help this happen
I have been a volunteer with many organisations for over 27 years now, gaining lots of experience within the volunteer sector. Within the Pride Glasgow organisation, I have helped out for the last 5 years with the exception of 2017. I have been welcomed by everyone within Pride Glasgow with open arms and it is my aim to return that favour by encouraging more people to sign up to be a volunteer, taking access of the various opportunities that are available for the volunteers. It is also my aim to further enhance where possible, the sterling work that Pride carries out within Glasgow by encouraging more active participation whether it be during the festival event each year or by the organisational activities outside of the festival.
I have been involved with pride for most of my adult life by going along to marches and then volunteering for the last 5 years. I feel I’m open minded, honest and feel I have a lot I can offer to the pride forum. I have previous experience in the entertainment industry as well as working with the public. I have 2 disabled children so am well aware of disability access and issues. I have also volunteered with Scottish Trans Alliance. I have nominated myself for the bisexual place tho I would consider myself pansexual rather than Bi. I feel I’m outspoken and good at public speaking that I will be useful in listening to the voices of others and putting theirs as well as my own opinions forward in the hope of helping Pride Glasgow move forward and grow bigger and better with each year.
Since I was 21 I have volunteered for Pride. I have helped where I could & utilised my skills. I have a wealth & knowledge that I would like to use / help Pride move forward & upwards. Pride as an organisation is great way to be involved with & help in our community needs stability & reassurance & i think I can help with the other people voted on the forum to do this
Due to my life experience and commitment to Pride over the years and my support of LGBT within society.
I am passionate about Pride 2019 (moving forward) to support a successful and fun experiences for all participants and furthermore promoting equality and diversity for our community.
I will be open honest & uphold the interests & beliefs of Pride Glasgow.
I have 12 years customer facing events stewarding.
Previously volunteered for Pride.
Experienced with public events with over 10 years, including managing the medical cover for previous pride events
My name is Ryan McNaughton and I have been involved in Pride Glasgow on and off since 2010. I have been involved as a volunteer and also provided health and safety advice in the past. I have a lot of experience and a large interest in event health and safety and have been involved in a number of small and large events, including a number of music festivals in the past 4 years.
I have a passion and love for pride and decided to put myself forward as a member of the Pride Forum to be part of the team advising and working with the board of trustees and the event management team to ensure the wishes, interests and views of the wider community is represented fairly and accurately. I look forward to the coming months and the hard work that will be required to be put in for the planning of Pride Glasgow and advising the board of trustees for Pride Glasgow SICO.
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