Our incredible network of Allies across the country have given LGBT Youth Scotland a purple glow this Friday.
Today is an annual highlight in our calendar here at LGBT Youth Scotland because it’s Purple Friday. Celebrated each year on the last Friday in February to mark the end of LGBT History Month, Purple Friday takes its name from the purple ‘spirit’ stripe in the LGBT Progress flag, and celebrates the spirit of the LGBT community and their allies.
Whilst the incredible community of young people all over the country are the inspiration for celebrating Purple Friday, focussing us all on making Scotland is the best place in the world for them to grow up, we know that it is their allies who can have the biggest impact on stamping out homophobia, biphobia and transphobia for good. And so today we celebrate them too.
From the very south of the UK to the very north, messages of support have been pouring in; from the leaders of every Scottish political party, including the First Minister, to students in schools, universities and colleges across the country, to teams of colleagues in offices across Scotland. These incredible allies are literally turning the country purple with their support.
Along with messages, comes an extra level of support; money! Purple Friday gives us a platform to raise funds to keep our life-changing, and often life-saving, services going.
Throughout today teams from homes, offices and schools all over the country will be taking part in the ‘Pass The Torch Relay’ around Scotland, inspired by Olympic torch bearers who pass the flame from person to person, walking 5km each to collectively walk the 2,500km outline of Scotland to show their support for LGBT equality and raise vital funds.
Our incredible allies at companies throughout Scotland have gone above and beyond this year to find creative ways to add collective kilometres because they know that each team’s small steps will make a big difference.
Adam from Morgan Stanley’s Pride & Ally Network told us they had organised a sponsored walk around the Glasgow Mural Trail and have already smashed their fundraising target ahead of the big day. He added, “The last two years have been difficult for local charities; so when the opportunity arose to get out, give back and provide my support as part of LGBTQ+ History Month I was eager to get walking”.
And Craig from HRC Recruitment who are all rooting for young people throughout their offices this Purple Friday said: “Here at HRC we are thrilled to be joining in with Purple Friday and support the exceptional work LGBT Youth Scotland do. Our team is split into runners and walkers – come rain, snow, hail or sun we will be out flying the flag for Purple Friday across Glasgow City Centre”.
After hearing all this, you might be feeling a bit, well, purple. You can cheer on all three of these teams by tracking the footsteps of all our allies throughout the day at purplefriday.org/map. Maybe you’ll feel inspired to take your own small step that makes a big difference by donating whilst you’re there. Can’t decide how much to donate? Just go for £20, it is purple after all!
Donate via our website or text PURPLE to 70470 to donate £5.
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