About 800 gay men and women took to the streets of Glasgow for the city's 10th annual Pride parade on Saturday.
Live music events were staged at various venues throughout the city
Glasgow was awash with colour and the sound of whistles and drums echoed
through the streets as the parade made its way through the city.
Participants carried rainbow-coloured flags and banners calling for inclusion and awareness of sexual diversity.
Politicians and community activists spoke out in support of the Pride movement in a rally address.
Messages of support
Green MSP Patrick Harvie, Labour's Pauline McNeill and Liberal Democrat MSP
Margaret Smith and Scottish Socialist Frances Curran were among those who addressed the gathered crowd.
First Minister Jack McConnell, Scottish National Party leader John Swinney and the Scottish police service also sent messages of support for the event.
Mr Harvie told how shortly after his election last May he was warned not to
campaign for civil partnerships for homosexual couples - now due to be
introduced - to avoid becoming labelled as "the gay MSP".
But he said: "Having thought about it at the time I quickly came to the
conclusion that this comment would never have been made to a black politician
who was campaigning against racial inequality, and that's why I ignored the
"We've come a long way in a generation and Pride has played a key role in
"Progress would not have come without people taking to the streets, and that
is why it's right to continue that tradition.
"But beyond the legislative agenda, the big challenge now is about winning
hearts and minds and changing attitudes."
The former Moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly, the Very
Rev Professor Iain Torrance, was awarded the Pride Scotia "Friend for Life"
award following his attack on homophobia within the Kirk at a sermon last
Keith Cowan of the Equality Network, which nominated Professor Torrance, said
the award was a recognition of his efforts to promote equality and the inclusion
of gay people in Scotland.
Live music events were later staged at various venues throughout the city as
part of the Pride festival following the afternoon parade.
The event was organised by volunteers at Pride Scotia with the aim of affirming the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and supporters in Scotland.
Pride Scotia spokesman Menelas Siafakas said: "This year celebrates 10 years of Pride diversity in Scotland and we hope that all political parties will support our
call for greater equality for all."
The parade was staged for the first time in Glasgow back in June 1995.