David Cameron: Brighton Pride shows how different people can celebrate together

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David Cameron has given his backing to this weekend’s Brighton Pride and says “I am proud of this country’s record of advancing” LGBT equality.

In his message of support, the Prime Minister said: “I am, once again, delighted to offer my support to Pride Brighton & Hove. It is a fantastic celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) community and its contribution to the diversity and vibrancy of Brighton and Hove.

“I am proud of this country’s record of advancing LGB&T equality and rights. It was a truly momentous occasion seeing the first same-sex couples getting married on 29 March, including those marriages that took place in Brighton that weekend.”

Mr Cameron continued: “The Pride festival is an excellent opportunity to bring people from different communities together to enjoy not only a colourful and entertaining day out but a whole programme of cultural, social and sporting events.

“These events are a great way to enhance community dialogue and to remind ourselves of the progress towards equality made in this country. The LGB&T Pride events that take place across the UK each year help to show why the UK continues to be recognised as number one in Europe on LGB&T equality and rights.”

He added: “I would like to send my congratulations to the organisers and volunteers for their efforts in co-ordinating Pride Brighton & Hove 2014 and wish everyone attending the very best for a happy and successful event.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband has recorded a video for the festival.

He said: “Brighton and Hove is a fantastic city, and Pride is a moment where we see it in its great diversity, its tolerance and its celebration of equality.”

Brighton Pride is taking place this weekend. The main parade and Preston Park event is on Saturday.

The parade through the city begins at 11am from Madeira Drive.