The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May has given her first message to the LGBTI community.
May, who was formally the Home Secretary, assumed office as the Conservative leader on 11 July and became prime minister two days later.
She has sent a message before Brighton Pride tomorrow (6 August).
‘I want to send my very best wishes to the many thousands who will come together for Brighton and Hove Pride this weekend,’ she said.
‘It is absolutely fitting that the UK’s biggest Pride festival should be in a city so famous for its tolerance and diversity.
‘Brighton has led the way in campaigning for LGBT rights and equal marriage was brilliantly championed by all three of your MPs – Peter Kyle, Caroline Lucas and Simon Kirby – each from different political parties.
‘I, myself, have seen first-hand the important work of the police to support the LGBT community, the great HIV charity Sussex Beacon and Brighton’s moving memorial to those who have lost their lives to AIDS.
‘When I stood in Downing Street as Prime Minister for the first time last month, I said that I believe in a country that works for everyone, whoever we are and wherever we’re from.’
‘We rightly take pride in making Britain one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the world. We grieve with all LGBT communities after the tragic and senseless murders in Orlando and we express our determination to defeat all forms of bigotry and violence. Together we stand for a future where everyone can enjoy the freedom to live and love openly.
‘I know that Brighton Pride will once again inspire us all with its dazzling array of artists and performances and its wonderful celebration of diversity – and I wish everyone involved a great weekend.’
Gay Star News will be at Brighton Pride to hand out our Sharon Osborne designed tote goodie bags near the end of the parade! Make sure to grab one before they’re all gone. GSN is a media partner of Brighton Pride.
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