On Saturday, July 14, Nicola Sturgeon became the only serving Prime Minister or First Minister of the UK to lead a Pride event.
Sturgeon was named honorary grand martial, she marched in the parade alongside Suki Wan, the chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, in a t-shirt that read “Choose Love”.
“You all look amazing, you all look beautiful. You are an absolutely wonderful sight, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, I am so proud to be here with all of you today,” Sturgeon told the crowd.
“Scotland values tolerance, Scotland values diversity, Scotland values respect for all, and above all Scotland values love. These values that are so precious to us are values that are under threat all over the world, more than they have been in my lifetime, so it is important that here in Glasgow, in Scotland’s biggest city, we reaffirm these principles and values of tolerance, diversity, love and respect and let the whole world hear them.”
She also paid tribute to Blair Wilson, a 21-year-old man from Scotland who was beaten in a homophobic attack. Wilson shared a picture of his smiling bloody face after the assault to encourage others to speak up for themselves.
“This morning I watched a video posted by a young man called Blair Wilson, I don’t know if he’s here today, but Blair suffered a horrific, unprovoked, homophobic attack recently,” Sturgeon said. “But instead of cowering away he spoke up and let me say this; the principles and the values demonstrated by that young man, of dignity, of courage and of compassion are the values that should define our country. So Blair, we all stand with you.”
Sturgeon led Glasgow’s Pride Parade instead of meeting US President Donald Trump while he was in Scotland. Trump arrived in the country on Saturday, the day of the parade.
Amid reports that Trump “hates” her and was “bitching” about her to Theresa May, Sturgeon said, “If it is true, I should take it as a compliment. I certainly don’t spend that much time talking about him.”
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