UK Prime Minister Theresa May issued a video message supporting London for sending out a “proud and positive message to the world” as London Pride takes place this weekend.
May underscored the UK’s pledge to support LGBT rights in other countries, and to take a stand against hate crime at home.
“Around the world, cruel and discriminatory laws still exist – some of them directly based on the very laws which were repealed in this country 50 years ago. So, the UK has a responsibility to stand up for our values and to promote the rights of LGBT Plus people internationally.”
“We must stamp out homophobic bullying in schools, and and drive down homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.”
“So as London once again sends a proud and positive message to the world, I wish everyone a fantastic Pride.”
Now that’s leadership.
PM: Pride brings people together in joyful celebration of our values of freedom, tolerance & equality #PrideInLondon https://t.co/nR9ZGnZWN9 pic.twitter.com/KLE6fGtevD
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) July 8, 2017
Additionally, Parliament was lit up with rainbow lights in honor of London Pride last night.
London’s Houses of Parliament illuminated for the first time with rainbow to celebrate pride. 🇬🇧🏳️🌈#PrideInLondon#GodSavesTheQueens pic.twitter.com/8jDX1WdeQC
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) July 8, 2017
You’ll recall that President Trump broke an 8 year tradition of the White House issuing a proclamation acknowledging June as Pride Month in the U.S.