We live in a world full of people, of different cultures and of different sexualities. It seems, following recent news, that some feel they are justified in speaking publicly about their dislike for people from other countries or those of the LGBT community. In my view, where we’re from, the colour of our skin and our sexuality doesn’t define who we are; our personalities and actions do. In no uncertain terms do I tolerate racism or discrimination against any protected characteristics, this is not something we should even let happen and nobody should have the right to judge people for something that is part of who they are.
The party was held on the same day as the Pride parade to demonstrate the city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all. All guests were ushered through the exclusive third floor of the hotel to the garden party where everyone was treated to lovely drinks from The Glasshouse, Crabbies ginger beer, Ogilvy vokda made from Scottish potatoes grown in Angus, and Foal orange and lemonade.
Foal orange and lemonade
Ogilvy vodka cocktails with raspberry, lime and ginger beer
Beverages served by The Glasshouse
Skincare brand Kiehl’s, which opened in 1851 as an apothecary in New York, offered samples of their products to guests (their Daily Reviving Concentrate feels lovely and smells divine too!) and Fake Bake, who specialise in award-winning fake tan/ self-tan lotions, liquids, sprays and mousses, were on hand to discuss about their products they had on display.
Kiehl’s goody bags
Four beaitful pieces of artwork created by Edinburgh based artist Mark Vice were on display which were created exclusively for the event to celebrate the human body and how this doesn’t define our sexual orientation.
Canapes were also provided in mini picnic baskets by The Glasshouse and there were also gourmet popcorn provided by Joe & Seph’s which were enjoyed by all.
One of the raffle prizes on the day was a rooftop champagne picnic at The Glasshouse
Popcorn from Joe & Seph’s
I didn’t get photos of the performance by Jordan Gray, contestant from The Voice UK, as I had to be elsewhere when she performed, but I heard she was amazing to hear live.
I was very pleased to see all the guests mingling and having a good time. The event was full of positivity and acceptance and that is what this world needs more of. Regardless of our gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, disability or ethnicity, we are all brothers and sisters of the human race. There should be less negativity towards others and more acceptance and love, to show that no matter how we’re different from each other as a person, we are all unique.
The next #ThisIsMe Rooftop Garden party will be held in 2017 and will be a part of the programme for Inclusive Networks new Scottish Diversity Festival, taking place at locations across Scotland in the summer. Follow @ScotDiversity on Twitter for updates.
For more information on the event, click here.
Thank you to Inclusive Networks for letting us be a part of this celebration!