As LGBT Labour prepares for a fantastic two days at Manchester Pride, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has sent his own message of support. Corbyn has said:
"Pride is a very special time of year when the LGBT+ community sends a message of love, celebration and positivity all around the world.
"Manchester has a proud history of radicalism and community spirit. At the core of Manchester’s identity is a proud commitment to celebrating the strength of the community, and fighting for social justice.
"It was a previous Labour council in Manchester which fought Section 28, and the current Manchester City council is continuing to do groundbreaking work on LGBT causes. It was in Manchester that Allan Horsfall founded the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.
"This year, around the world, as well as at home, we've seen shocking cases of homophobia, such as the brutal treatment of gay men in Chechnya. Nobody should suffer discrimination for who they love, wherever they are. Whilst we mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, we must also encourage other countries to tackle homophobic injustices.
"The Labour Party is the party of equality. Our strength is our diversity and I am proud to work alongside so many talented LGBT colleagues. As one of Labour’s most active socialist societies, LGBT Labour has been a consistent campaigning and celebrating presence at Pride celebrations across the country this year.
"Enjoy yourself today. Celebrate how far we have come along the road to equality and cherish the solidarity you give one another. Have a happy and memorable Manchester Pride."
We thank Jeremy for his support and look forward to a great turnout in the Pride parade, and on our stall in the expo!