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Highlands come out with Pride

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Huge local support for both events

LGBT campaigners celebrated a double first with the first Pride event in the Western Isles and the first Inverness Pride event in 16 years.

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people and supporters took part in the events.

Highland LGBT Forum said 3,000 people took part in the Proud Ness parade from Falcon Square to Eden Court Theatre.

A similar event was also held in Stornoway, Lewis - the first of its kind to be held in the Hebrides.

Highland Council flew the rainbow flag from the Town House and Council Headquarters in support.

Hundreds carried rainbow flags and balloons as part of Hebridean Pride's parade from An Lanntair to The Carlton.

Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd praised organisers of both events.

"To me, these events in both Stornoway and Inverness are about freedom of expression, being proud of your identity, and telling everyone 'you are welcome' here in the Highlands and Islands," she said.

One local man launched a petition against Proud Ness saying the event went against his religious beliefs. However it did not meet Highland Council's rules on petitions and was disregarded.