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Highland pride organisers announce name change and plans for events in Inverness in February

By Andrew Dixon

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Proud Ness was held in Inverness in July.
Proud Ness was held in Inverness in July.

Proud Ness organisers are changing its name to Highland Pride in recognition of the LGBT+ community across the region and will kick off 2020 with a series of events.

The programme for February will coincide with LGBT History Month and more events are planned for next summer.

While organisers are tight-lipped over the summer date, the February programme includes LGBT+ talks, workshops, book readings, film screenings.

It follows Inverness hosting one of the biggest pride events in Scotland in July.

Highland Pride organiser Jess Taylor said: “We want to ensure that the LGBT+ community and allies who travel from across the Highlands to attend our summer event in 2020 know that this is their event too – it is the 'pride event for the Highlands'.

"People can also get involved by organising events in their local communities such as social meet ups, fundraisers, workshops, talks and satellite pride celebrations which we can help to promote under the Highland Pride umbrella in the lead up and during pride. We hope this will stimulate further social and networking opportunities across the Highlands throughout the year.

“We’re a small team, mainly based in Inverness-shire, so we need your help to extend events across the Highlands for winter pride which we’ll promote as part of the month-long programme. So, if you have an idea for an ABBA Night in Aviemore, coffee meet-up in Cromarty, film night in Fort William, poetry night in Portree, talk in Tain, under-18s night in Ullapool, or a walk in Wick we want to hear from you.

"Alternatively, if you already have plans at your local library, school or community centre for LGBT History Month please also get in touch.”

Anyone with ideas should email info@highlandpride.org or visit www.highlandpride.org

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