I was very proud to take part in this year’s Sheffield Pride parade and march alongside great Labour activists and comrades.
Labour has a strong record of championing the fight for LGBT+ equality. We abolished Section 28, equalised the age of consent, created civil partnerships, and it was only through Labour votes that equal marriage became law.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done to combat discrimination and prejudice against LGBT+ people. That’s why Labour has produced a range of policies to deal with education, equal access to public services, levels of LGBT+ hate crime, and mental and physical wellbeing.
Disgracefully, our new Prime Minister has a history of using homophobic slurs and has appointed Priti Patel as Home Secretary who voted against equal marriage. It is particularly important, then, that we oppose bigotry and strongly support the LGBT+ community at this time.
Well done to the organisers of this year’s Sheffield Pride for hosting such a wonderful, successful event. I will always be proud to stand with the LGBT+ community at Pride and throughout the year.