LGBTI community at the heart of the 2018 European Championships.
Earlier this year it was announced that there will be a Pride House in Glasgow for the duration of the European Championships, and we can now reveal that the venue has been confirmed as 17 Trongate, in Glasgow's Merchant City.
Led by LEAP Sports Scotland, the venue will welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and intersex (LGBTI) athletes, fans, visitors and allies during the Championships. Pride House will provide a welcoming place to view the competitions, and enjoy the events and cultural programmes planned around the event. It is an opportunity to help tackle LGBTI-phobia in sport as well as learn about LGBTI sports and build closer relationships with mainstream sport.
Pride House will also be the place to find out more information and advice about the wider events programme in 2018 for LGBTI visitors to Scotland including activities around the Year of Young People and the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Glasgow City Council is providing the venue space, The Scottish Government is providing £20,000 in funding to support the work of Pride House, and a further £10,000 in funding for the cultural programme is being provided through the Glasgow 2018 Festival Fund.
Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "This is a really positive story for the city as I am passionate that each and every one of our citizens and visitors feels included and has a voice.
"I'm sure the venue will be a hive of activity during the Glasgow 2018 Championships and will be a central hub for people to gather and celebrate both the cultural and sporting activities taking place during the summer."
Minister for Sport Aileen Campbell MSP said: "I am delighted that Pride House is returning for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, four years on from it being established for the Commonwealth Games and also playing its part in The Homeless World Cup in 2016.
"Pride House gives us an opportunity to celebrate Scotland's LGBTI community and shine a spotlight on Scotland's wider commitment to equality."
Hugh Torrance, Executive Director of LEAP Sports Scotland said: "Pride House is an important addition to the Glasgow 2018 programme, and will offer a venue hub packed with equality and human rights information and featuring a programme of inclusive sport, cultural and social events. Great progress has been made on many LGBTI equality issues in Scotland, and the presence of Pride House sends an important message about our serious and ongoing commitment to equality in sport."