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Dundee Pride (SCIO) is a registered charity (SC04815).

Organising the first Dundee Pride event began over the autumn of 2017 when Pink Saltire, LGBT Youth Scotland, with the support of Dundee City Council, began a series of consultation events within the city. From these events it was clear that the LGBT + community wanted its own Pride celebration. On the back of these efforts a group of volunteers came together to start planning Pride and formed Dundee Pride as a charity. And now here we are!

In 2018, the official Dundee Pride events included a march through the city centre, a fun filled event in City Square, and an after party at the Dundee University Student Union. Pride, however, is about much more than the official events (fabulous though they are). Dundee Pride is a celebration of all LGBT+ people in Dundee and surrounding areas, our LGBT + community organisations, our LGBT + businesses and our many, many allies. We work in close partnerships with Dundee's LGBT+ clubs, pubs and venues - check out the Around Town section of our website for details!

The charity is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Learn all about our super nice, clever-clogs trustees below.

 
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board of trustees.

Meet our Board of Trustees - a group of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to fundraise and plan each Pride event.

 
 
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Tim Kelly

Co-Chair of Dundee Pride.

Tim is currently Dean of the School of Education and Social Work and Professor of Social Work at the University of Dundee

In his 30+ year career as a social worker, social work academic and senior manager in higher education, he has done a lot of different and very rewarding things and taken on numerous leadership roles in universities, organisations, charities, and clubs. He started his social work career as a social worker for older people with chronic and enduring mental illnesses. Eventually he began running day programmes to support these older people to live in the community. One of the service users he most remembers was an older man who, though diagnosed with a mental illness, was only unable to live in society without support because he was locked away as a teenager for being gay. Having spent most of his life in an institution he found living independently to be very difficult. Tim later returned to university to do his PhD and became a social work academic in Miami. He moved to Scotland in 2003 for love and has taken to Scotland like a duck to water. While in Scotland he has been a researcher in a School of Nursing and the Head of the Social Work Department at Glasgow Caledonian University. He came to the University of Dundee in 2008 and became Dean of the School in 2014

Tim has been a board member and officer of an international social work organisation and served as a trustee on several charities. Currently he is on the Court of the University of Dundee. He was an active member of a gay volleyball organisation in Atlanta, and after moving to Miami in 1994 helped organise and was the first President of the South Florida Gay Volleyball organisation. He later became involved with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Tennis Association and helped set up their first website and also helped organise several of their national tennis tournaments.

Tim grew up in the Deep South of the USA during a time of extreme homophobia and heteronormativity. He fully “came out” in Atlanta as the AIDS crisis was first ravaging the gay community. The homophobia of the Regan and Thatcher era was rife and horrible to live through. The lesbian community really galvanised and got the Atlanta LGBT community organised for political action and a vibrant LGBT community emerged. He recognises that he is only where he is today because of hard work, dedication, political activism and help from others in the LGBT community and from allies. He joined Dundee Pride to give back some of what he was freely given and to continue to take a stand against homophobia, bi-phobia, transphobia and all the other isms that impact on our community. Being visible is a political act.

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Lisamarie Cohen

Trustee at Dundee Pride

Lisamarie hales from Dundee originally and returned in 2016. Originally a member of DJCAD studying Art, Philosophy & Contemporary Practice at the University of Dundee, Lisamarie decided to change track graduating from the University of Sussex with a degree in Art History. Lisamarie studied at the University of Amsterdam via the Erasmus exchange programme, indulging herself in a variety of subjects such as Islamic Law and Dutch History. Whilst in Amsterdam Lisamarie also joined the choir within the English Reformed Church and took to riding around on a junior classic Dutch bike named Tavish McBike who was then gifted to a suitably sized small German lady.

Lisamarie made her home in Brighton and Seaford of Sussex for several years enjoying the liberal lifestyle (including the annual Pride), beautiful national parks and close proximity to London. Lisamarie was also based in London for work for several years during her time working in both the Asset and Safety Teams (Suicide Mitigation and Prevention)for Network Rail, also having the opportunity to experience working for the Transport Museum of London via Transport for London stationed between Covent Gardens and the Acton Depot. Lisamarie enjoyed being amongst random historical objects which came in through the post and the beautifully maintained buses and trams which are often seen on period productions. Taking a break from the railway scene to support a family member Lisamarie worked in Sainsbury’s building on the people skills she acquired during her suicide prevention work and this is where she begun to think of retraining as a Social Worker.

Lisamarie is now finishing her masters in Social Work at the University of Dundee. Lisamarie decided to become involved in Dundee Pride because she felt it would be a way to help connect people in the LGBTQ community and build something she wished she had as a young person growing up in Dundee. Lisamarie is from a large family and is very proud to identify as Queer. After last years success Lisamarie is so happy to have seen all the wonderful folk from Dundee and beyond respond so well to the event and looks forward to welcoming more people to join the Dundee Pride family to build a lasting legacy.

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Dani Bandeva

Trustee at Dundee Pride

Daniela Bandeva is originally from Bulgaria and moved to Scotland in 2015 to begin her Higher Education career, studying Computing in Abertay University. In her second year of university she ran in the Students Association elections for the position of Vice President. During her time in office she passionately fought for student rights and ensured that every student in and outside of the University campus felt safe and accepted. Daniela discovered her passion for politics during her first months as a Vice President and since then has volunteered for different organisations. Having been on the Abertay SA’s board of trustees she gained knowledge about governance and charity law, as well as fundraising, finance and marketing. Daniela is very passionate about empowerment and equality and as such she always strives to ensure that everyone is free to be their most authentic self. Daniela was elected as a member of the NUS Scotland Women’s Committee for 2018/19 and is now a student trustee on Abertay SA’s board of trustees.

She joined the Dundee Pride trustee board because she felt she had skills that would benefit the charity and felt very passionate about the importance of Pride. Her upbringing in Bulgaria often made her feel like an outcast. Dani says ‘The reason being that Bulgaria struggles with high prevalence of homophobia and constant oppression of women and people who don’t fit in the norm, including the LGBT community’. In 2018, while back home, she witnessed the level of severity homophobia has taken in the form of strictly nationalist and religious anti-Pride marches on the day of Pride. Even though she’s far from Bulgaria she’s trying to help the LGBT community there to the best of her abilities, by raising awareness of the struggles they face and volunteering at their events.

Since joining the board of trustees at Dundee Pride, Daniela has contributed with a different perspective and bringing ideas. She often says that Dundee is where she found out who she really is, discovered her passions and learned to love herself, and for that she is forever grateful. She says that Scotland has given her so many opportunities and she would like to give back to the community of Dundee.

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Tommy Small

Co-Chair of Dundee Pride

Tommy is from Dundee. He has worked in various leadership positions over the past 10 years. In his day job, Tommy is a multi award winning choreographer and the first ever Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2. His critically acclaimed performance work has toured the world including New York City, Brazil and Berlin. He is Artistic Director of Dundee dance company, Shaper/Caper and a Lecturer at Dundee & Angus College. Whilst working at BBC Radio 2, Tommy was mentored by Google Cultural Institute CEO, Amit Sood, and created films featuring Jonathan Ross, Chris Evans and Sara Cox, and a film for Children in Need.

In 2013, he was awarded the Creative Scotland fellowship on the coveted Clore Leadership Programme where he undertook extensive training in governance and leadership. During his fellowship he undertook a secondment at The Roundhouse, London and V&A Dundee and was mentored by Farooq Chaudhry, Producer at Akram Khan Company and English National Ballet.

He choreographed for the opening of the V&A Dundee involving 500 young people from across Dundee dancing alongside professional dancers from Scottish Ballet, performed to an audience of 10k people and presented on BBC1.

Tommy volunteered for many years as a panel member and chairing panel member on the Children’s Panel in Dundee.

Tommy is a Trustee at The Barn (Woodend Arts Limited) and was Chair of the Advisory Board for Performing Arts at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at Dundee & Angus College. He was a Trustee for Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) 2013 to 2016. He established and Chairs the first Scottish chapter of the What Next? movement in Dundee. He has also Chaired the Dance Forum for Federation of Scottish Theatre.

Tommy is a trained mentor on FST's Step Up programme. He is a faculty member at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and previously at the Urdang Academy, London. Tommy has also taught extensively for Royal Academy of Dance, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, The Place, and Greenwich Dance Agency.

Tommy is delighted to bring his skill in curating artistic and performance programmes as well as leadership and fundraising skills to Dundee Pride.

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Linda Stewart

Trustee at Dundee Pride

Linda moved to Dundee three years ago. She is a lesbian and has been active in the LGBT+ community for many years both as a lawyer working for equality and social change and as a community activist. Growing up in Australia in the 70’s and 80’s, Linda’s political activism was born out of a recognition that inequality is embedded in society and discrimination against minority groups, unjust. She became involved in community work and trained as a social worker, working with people to create positive change in their local communities.

Linda came to the UK in the late 1980’s and settled in London. She re-trained as a lawyer and specialised in employment and discrimination law before being made Partner and Head of Employment with a national law firm. Volunteering as a ‘buddy’ with the Terrence Higgins Trust in the early 90’s she later became involved in anti-discrimination and social justice campaigns supporting the Fawcett Society, Justice for Colombia and Show Racism the Red Card. As part of a convoy organised by the charity, CWUHA, she drove a 7.5 tonne lorry filled with humanitarian aid to Bulgaria where it was distributed to children living in the orphanages there. As a Humanist and active member of the charity, Humanist Society Scotland, Linda tries to lead an ethical and fulfilling life based on reason; showing tolerance and compassion for others and the environment.

Linda has always felt at home in Scotland and has enjoyed many trips to Dundee over the years. Dundee’s history of working-class struggle and strong women resonates with her and she loves the city. Having settled here, Linda absolutely loves her work as a Humanist Society Scotland registered Celebrant. Travelling in her VW ‘combi’ campervan, she conducts civil partnerships & weddings, funerals and naming & welcoming ceremonies for folk all over Scotland. To Linda, being able to help people celebrate the big moments in their lives is such a privilege.

Linda is also a Diversity and Employment Law Specialist with the EW Group; an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Consultancy based in London. Through facilitation and training, Linda works alongside business managers to help them create more inclusive workplaces. She is also a qualified mediator who specialises in resolving disputes at work.

Linda’s partner is Dundonian and in 2018 they celebrated their first ever Pride in the heart of the city. It was a fantastic day which sparked Linda’s interest in becoming more involved with Dundee Pride. This is an exciting time of growth for Dundee Pride and Linda is delighted to be able to share her skills and experience with everyone involved with Dundee Pride.

 
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