Scotland's annual celebration of its LGBT community is now in its 20th year...
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"Legacy" is one of those words that means different things to different people. It could be something to do with your work, your family, or just how you go about your day-to-day. It's all about leaving something behind to be remembered for, right? Well, it's kind of fitting then that "legacy" has been selected as the theme for this year's annual Glasgay! in, you guessed it, Glasgow, Scotland.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Glasgay!. It started as a week-long event back in 1993, before flourishing into an eventual month-long celebration of all things LGBT back in 2006. And the legacy that organisers have always wanted to leave behind is simple - to reduce the stigmatism surrounding the LGBT lifestyle and to create a more welcoming environment throughout Glasgow and, as such, Scotland.
Glasgay! hopes to achieve its goals of a more diverse society and opening people up to new experiences by using the mediums of theatre, film, comedy and the visual arts. And there have been some huge names in past line-ups - from Sir Ian McKellan to Scotland's own Rhona Cameron. This year will be no different with, highlights from the programme including The Wizard of Oz with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Handel's Cross and L'Enfant Terrible of the London theatre scene, Scottee.
Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council, who are both main funders for the festival, are also recognising the significance that Glasgay! has within the creative industries and is hoping to continue this by funding commissions of new work from local Scottish artists.
Glasgay! is currently in full swing and runs until November 9th. For more information, or for a full programme of events, visit Glasgay!