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Jo Swinson's message for Pride 2017: Love Happens Here

July 8, 2017 9:16 AM
By Jo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Pride Rainbow flag flapping in the wind (By Ludovic Bertron from New York City, Usa - https://www.flickr.com/photos/23912576@N05/2942525739, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14831997)Pride is a colourful, energetic celebration of freedom, love and acceptance. Each year I am amazed as thousands of people of all sexualities take to the streets in the name of freedom and equality.

I am proud to stand with the LGBT community in the continuous fight for a more open, tolerant and united society.

This year's theme "Love Happens Here", reminds us that we ought to celebrate love wherever we find it and defiantly oppose the forces of bigotry, hate and division.

This is an historic year, as it marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and I'm thrilled that in that time we have managed to secure more LGBT rights - such as the introduction of same-sex marriage, championed by Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone.

Let us celebrate our triumphs and remind the word of the courage, strength and vibrancy of this incredible community.

Thank you to everyone that has made this year's celebrations possible.