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Parliament to fly rainbow flag at Pride

25 May 2016

The rainbow flag will fly over Portcullis House (Photograph: Adrian Pingstone)

Pride in London commends ParliOUT on their astounding work securing a rainbow flag above the Houses of Parliament.

Last year, the rainbow Pride flag could be seen flying over some of London’s most iconic official buildings, including the Cabinet Office and MI6. This was an historic and highly visible show of support for LGBT+ rights – in London and around the world – from some of Britain’s oldest institutions.

This year Pride in London is hoping to see even more rainbow flags flying above all government departments and official buildings. Pride in London is calling for London’s official buildings to follow the lead of new Mayor Sadiq Khan, who recently took the decision to fly the rainbow flag from City Hall to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT).

It was in the Houses of Parliament that homosexuality was decriminalised, equal consent laws were introduced, the bigoted Section 28 was repealed, where civil partnership and ultimately equal marriage were adopted.

This powerful institution, right at the heart of British democracy has become a powerful tool for equality in recent times. The rainbow flag flying above serves as a testament to this legacy and a reflection of how far we have come as a community – with more LGBT+ politicians than any other country in the world.

Members of ParliOUT represent the best of our community and we look forward to marching together on 25 June.
David Geary, Head of Political Engagement for Pride in London

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