Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed plans for the first Shetland Pride next week. Pride is a yearly celebration, generally held in June around the world, to recognise LGBTQ+ people within the community and promote equality and respect. The events in Shetland will be the most northerly Pride held in the UK.
Mr Carmichael also noted the regrettable absence of Orkney Pride this year. Orkney has also held Pride events in recent years but has been unable to hold a further event in 2022 due to operational challenges.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Pride is a chance for celebration and shared joy for the diverse members of our community – it is fantastic that we have the chance to host the most northerly Pride event in the UK.
“Pride means a lot of different things to different people but at the most basic level it is very simple – the acceptance, respect and support of people within the LGBTQ+ community.
“Well done to all those who have made the hard slog over the past year to get the Pride events ready to launch. To get everything ready from a standing start is no mean feat – and we all look forward to getting involved.”
“It is a real shame of course that Orkney Pride has not been able to go ahead again this year. Even so I am certain that they will be back in full force in 2023 – and with the whole community behind them.”