This morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. In her speech, the Prime Minister called for the 37 Commonwealth States that still criminalise homosexuality or LGBT+ relationships to end this practise and apologised for the United Kingdom’s role in introducing these laws to Commonwealth countries.
In response, Co-Chairs of Pride in London, Alison Camps and Michael Salter-Church said:
“Pride in London welcomes the Prime Minister’s speech and the UK government’s “deep regret” of the legacy role the United Kingdom has played in introducing these abhorrent anti-LGBT+ laws. We call on the Prime Minister and the British Government to continue to stand up for LGBT+ rights in every forum they operate.
But 37 countries in the Commonwealth still criminalise homosexuality. We have a responsibility to ensure that every LGBT+ person in the Commonwealth is afforded the equality and civil rights they deserve, particularly when so many of their diaspora now call London their home.
What we see today is undoubtedly down to the hard work of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, Human Dignity Trust and the Kaleidoscope Trust, among a number of organisations, that have campaigned tirelessly for the United Kingdom to recognise its role in implementing these laws in countries across the globe and advocate for their repeal. We are extremely thankful for the work and dedication of these organisations and will continue to support them in the fight for equality.
We look forward to joining members of the LGBT+ community from Commonwealth countries on the streets of London on 7th July for Pride in London 2018.”
Pride in London is a volunteer-led organisation, hosting hundreds of events that culminate in a parade through the capital’s streets. This year’s parade is taking place on Saturday 7th July 2018.
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