Labour’s Opposition Spokespersons for Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture, Councillors Amanda Evans, and Amanda Grimshaw, on LGBTQ+ Pride Month:
June Is LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the UK and many other countries across the world. Both the national and local Brighton and Hove Labour Party are, as always, delighted to lend our wholehearted support in celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities around the globe.
Pride month takes place in June every year. It is chosen to celebrate pride as June was the month of the Stonewall riots occurred. These protests changed gay rights for people in both America and beyond.
During this month, either in person or virtually, we come together to share love, friendship and to show how far gay rights have come. It is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.
Although Brighton and Hove may be one of the inclusive spaces on the planet, we know that there is still work to be done. Even here LGBTQ+ communities are far too often victims of discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. Pride month gives us the opportunity to further our education on pride history and move forward in equality.
To help achieve this, the Labour administration led in developing the Council’s Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit that aims to support LGBTQ+ young people in our city. The toolkit encourages support to young people that actively challenge all forms of gender stereotyping, sexism, sexual bullying, homophobia, and biphobia.
The toolkit has been developed using a wealth of expert knowledge in the field, the direct experiences of children and young people and their parents / carers, and input from schools across Brighton & Hove.
Whilst Brighton and Hove Pride 2021 has unfortunately been cancelled, the messages of support and equality are still needed. Here at Brighton and Hove Labour we will continue to lead nationally on trans rights and champion LGBTQ+ inclusive and equal policies.
For more information on LBGTQ+ pride month, please see the following links:
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