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Glasgow's Pride House for the Commonwealth Games

Hugh Torrance, Chair, LEAP Sports Scotland

LEAP Sports is hosting Pride House Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games, offering a range of events which share as a common theme a vision of breaking down the social and personal barriers which discourage LGBTI people.

For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games there is a centre specifically designed to break down the social and personal barriers discouraging LGBTI people from competing in sports.

Pride House is situated in Albion Street in Glasgow, at the heart of the XX Commonwealth Games activity.

Officially opened on the night of 22 July by the Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights, Shona Robison, it is the first such space to be actively supported by a government.

It has already been described as bold, brave, proud, centrally located, sending out a clear message to the world that this is how Scotland does equality. It is a very apt description for the excellent way that rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities have been integrated into the fabric of the XX Commonwealth Games as a whole. From ‘that kiss’ at the opening ceremony to the clear support from the Scottish Government which is evident in the rainbow flag flying over St Andrew’s House, there is little doubt that Scotland’s position and outlook on equality and diversity is a positive one.

Pride House has been a bustling creative space since it opened its doors. Guests have already include First Minister Alex Salmond who visited the space on Friday July 25 to show his support and meet LGBTI families, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg, human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Our conversations have looked at how Pride House reflects the Commonwealth values of Equality, Humanity and Destiny.

Over the next seven days, Pride House will be a celebration of the Commonwealth, the Games and the LGBTI community. The programme consists of discussion, debate, theatre, sports, art and exhibits showcasing the best of LGBTI sport. LEAP Sports Scotland is excited to set the standard for future Houses at the Pan American Games in Toronto, the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, and are keen to capture a legacy for LGBTI communities here in Scotland.

Drop in and check out the space, join in an event, or just enjoy the wi-fi, coffee and cake!

Pride House raises profile of LGBT rights during Games