Glasgow Pride branded an “organisational nightmare” by Labour MP

The event had come under criticism for refusing to allow people to enter the event, leading to some suffering from heatstroke after organisers neglected to distribute water to those in the queue.  

Ged Killen MP called on the organisers of Glasgow Pride and Glasgow City Council to review the decisions and arrangements that led to thousands of people being locked out of Glasgow Pride at the weekend.

Mr Killen wrote to Alistair Smith, Chief Executive of Pride Glasgow, and Annemarie O’Donnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council, regarding the organisation at Pride:

Commenting on the events at Glasgow Pride, he said: “Having spent well over an hour in a queue outside the main event before leaving and returning later in the day, I witnessed first-hand the chaotic queuing system.  People were left standing with no information or guidance for several hours in the heat and with no water.”

“A significant number people were refused entry to Kelvingrove Park for the main concert despite purchasing tickets. I want categorical reassurances from Pride Glasgow that those who did not gain entry or who faced several hours waiting in line will be refunded promptly and in full.”

“I was delighted that this year’s Glasgow Pride parade was the best attended ever and I know thousands of people had a wonderful experience despite issues with access to the main event, however much of pride this year can only be described as an organisational nightmare” he said.

The MP also raised questions over whether the increasing commercialisation of Pride in Glasgow has had a detrimental effect on the event, originally founded as a yearly protest against LGBT+ discrimination.

“There is now growing interest in the seemingly commercial nature of Glasgow Pride and the fact it is not a free event as it is in other cities such as London and Edinburgh, and there are questions about whether this commercial nature had an impact on how Glasgow Pride was run.”

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