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Community / Pride announces membership scheme ahead of AGM

Shetland Pride is holding its AGM on 15 January at Islesburgh

A very colourful collection of drag artists led the 2023 Shetland Pride event. Photo: Dave Donaldson

PLANS for Shetland Pride 2024 are well underway with the charity hosting its AGM on Monday at 7pm where the date of this year’s event will be announced.

Chairperson Gary Mouat said the committee is already “super excited” to reveal what is planned for Shetland Pride 2024.

“We’re already bursting with ideas for the Shetland Pride festival, and can’t wait to share these plans with everyone at the event,” he said.

Ahead of the AGM, which is being held at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick, the organisation has set up a free membership scheme to allow anyone interested in Shetland Pride to get more involved in the event without joining the committee.

Members will receive access to special events and workshops throughout the year and have voting rights at the AGM.

They will also be eligible for special discounts and get updated on news and plans relating to Shetland Pride.

“We want Shetland Pride to be owned by the people living here, and it is our hope that the membership scheme helps us to build community and support for anyone who needs it,” Mouat explained.

The organisation is also looking to take on more volunteers and committee members to help support the event later this year.

Mouat said: “It’s important for charities to have a reshuffle of their committees every year. Whilst some of the committee plan to stay, due to other commitments, sadly, some of the committee will also be moving on this year.

“This is healthy, as it brings both continuity with the previous members, and ‘new blood’ and ideas with the new members.”

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He urged anyone keen on joining the committee to get in touch either via the website or email at

The primary purposes of Shetland Pride are to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community across Shetland, while also advancing education and community development.

Anyone wishing to become a member of Shetland Pride can do so here.

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