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Inverness and Highland group Proud Ness wins top prize at Scottish LGBT+ awards


By Andrew Dixon


Proud Ness won an award.
Proud Ness won an award.

Proud Ness organisers and volunteers are celebrating after scooping the top prize in the community category of the Proud Scotland Awards.

The event, initially set up by the Highland LGBT Forum, aims to bring together the LGBT+ community and supporters to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues, to reduce isolation among LGBT+ people in Highlands and to encourage inclusion and diversity.

The inaugural Proud Ness parade in Inverness was held in October last year.

The awards in Glasgow was attended by team members Melody Legge and Tony Carter.

Proud Ness won an award.
Proud Ness won an award.

Jess Taylor, organiser of Proud Ness, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award so early in our journey as the main pride event for the Highlands.

"The award represents the work of both last year’s and this year’s team and is really a joint effort in providing the Highlands with a pride event we can be proud of.

“For many of us, we can remember a time not so long ago when an LGBT+ event like this in the Highlands seemed an impossible dream. It’s amazing to know that we have the support from the local community, businesses and Highland Council in making this an annual celebration.”

This year’s Proud Ness will be held on Sunday, July 21 in Inverness beginning with a march leaving from Crown Primary School through the city centre towards Bught Park where there will be speeches, live music, Ruff Ness dog show, and a range of other activities.

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