Business calls on others to join them and paint the town rainbow in support of Proud Ness
An Inverness business is calling on other firms in the city to turn things rainbow in support of the upcoming gay pride event and demonstrate most people are not opposed to the march they actively support it.
Jo Barr, the marketing manager for Inverness based ecommerce site Saucy Boutique, was saddened to read in the press a church petition signed by 600 people existed to try block the event called Proud Ness.
Highland Council has now confirmed that Proud Ness will take place on 6 October 2018 despite an attempt by a member of the Free Church of Scotland to stop it on “biblical, religious and moral” grounds.
Mrs Barr is pleased the event has been allowed to go ahead after both Police Scotland and the Highland Council had no objections, but she wants to redress some of the sad and hateful things said by those in interviews opposing it, and for the world to know Inverness welcomes diversity.
She explains: “I love Inverness, so the idea anyone would be made to feel unwelcome simply because of their sexuality was offensive and unacceptable and the sort of stereotypes which were being shared were totally inappropriate."
Jo believes whilst the event has already received support from the actor Alan Cumming and two positive petitions, it is vital the city makes a public display , so tourists and others are not put off visiting or doing business in the area.
Now Jo is calling on businesses in Inverness to display a LGBT rainbow flag either in their shopfronts or elsewhere as a symbol they are in favour of Proud Ness and demonstrate those who signed the petition were in a very tiny minority.
She explains: "Obviously, doing the marketing for an adult retailer like Saucy Boutique, I am open minded, but this shouldn’t be an issue about how people think it is an issue about what is right and fair and proper and that’s a society where everyone is welcome and treated with equal respect regardless of race, age, gender, status, wealth or religion or sexuality.
“So, to show our support and respect for the LGBT community in general and Proud Ness in particular we will be turning the Saucy Boutique website rainbow for the week of 6 October and I would urge other business to join into by displaying the rainbow flag where they can.”
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