We all know February to be well-known for both Valentines and Pancake Day, but February is also LGBT History Month, a celebration that dates back to 2005 and serves as a yearly opportunity to reflect on the history of the LGBT rights movement.
This Friday 23rd February, we're celebrating Purple Friday, a chance for everyone in Scotland to take a stand against homo, bi and transphobia and show support for LGBTI people and their contribution to Scottish culture and daily life.
To mark the day, Prince’s Trust Scotland is hosting a special ‘Purple Friday’ Breakfast club at the Wolfson Centre in Glasgow. This year’s theme is #EveryDayHero, and in keeping with the spirit of Scotland's Year of Young People 2018, the Breakfast club has been co-designed and will be hosted by LGBTI Young People themselves.
What’s more, Glasgow’s very own Gary Lamont, star of River City and recent winner of LGBT Youth Scotland’s ‘Inspiration Award’, will be joining Trust staff and Young People to show his support and share his thoughts.
So if you’re in the neighbourhood, come along! And even if you can’t, you can still show your support for LGBTI Young People by wearing something that’s purple in any of its vibrant shades. Why not sport an eggplant coloured beanie or a Fiorentina scarf? A violet coloured zoot suit or even just a solo plum hued sock?
And whilst you’re at it, have a think about what it means to be an EveryDayHero. On the day itself, staff will be asking attendees to jot down their take, but if you’re needing some inspiration, here’s how Trust-supported, Reigan Walker put it.
Because after all, it doesn’t a take a superhero to treat people with respect; to avoid making assumptions about someone’s personal life; to break down gendered language and make sure everyone is included, regardless of their background. It doesn’t take a superhero to treat people like people.
Anyone and everyone can be a #EveryDayHero.