A Government Minister has praised the forthcoming Liverpool Pride event and sent best wishes to organisers and everyone taking part. Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone, who is minister for equalities, sends the message via Liverpool Lib Dems, who will again this year be taking part in Pride on August 4th at the Pier Head.
Says Ms Featherstone:
“Britain is now recognised as the best place in Europe for LGB&T rights, and the Pride events that take place across this country each year to celebrate the LGB&T community help show why this is the case”.
Last year Liverpool Liberal Democrats took part in Liverpool Pride for the first time, running a stall and joining the march. This year party members will be there again, and will also be running a petition to get restrictions on blood donations by gay and Bi-Sexual men lifted.
Lib Dem leader in Liverpool, Cllr Richard Kemp, will be joining the team. Says Richard, “its a real pleasure to be joining this 3rd Pride event. We are determined to join with all Liverpool people in welcoming people to work, live in and contribute to our city irrespective of their faith, colour or sexuality.
The full text of Lynne Featherstone’s message is below
I’m delighted to lend my support to Liverpool Pride. It is a great celebration of the city’s vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) community.
Britain is now recognised as the best place in Europe for LGB&T rights, and the Pride events that take place across this country each year to celebrate the LGB&T community help show why this is the case.
This Government is committed to advancing equality for LGB&T people, and last year we published two action plans setting out an ambitious range of actions we will take to promote LGB&T rights at home and abroad.
One of the most significant actions have taken is consulting on enabling same-sex couples to have a civil marriage ceremony. We believe that if a couple love each other and want to commit to a life together, they should have the option of a civil marriage ceremony. The State should not stop people getting married unless there are very good reasons – and we believe being gay, lesbian or bisexual is not one of them. I want to thank people for responding with their views before the consultation closed. We are currently considering all responses with a view to publishing our response later in the year.
I believe no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, and events such as Pride give us a chance to come together to celebrate the real progress being made in this country.
I wish you all the best for a successful Liverpool Pride.
Further information from Paul Childs, LGBT Spokesman- firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Kemp on 07885 626913