Prime Minister: I’m proud Britain is one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the world

Prime Minister Theresa May Visits A Manufacturing Workshop

Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a message of support for this weekend’s Brighton Pride – the first time she has backed a Pride event since taking office last month.

The Conservative politician, who took over as PM three weeks ago, praised the Labour, Tory and Green MPs for Brighton for championing the town’s LGBT community ahead of the Pride event, which is one of the biggest in the UK.

The Prime Minister said: “I want to send my very best wishes to the many thousands who will come together for Brighton and Hove Pride this weekend.

“It is absolutely fitting that the UK’s biggest Pride festival should be in a city so famous for its tolerance and diversity.

“Brighton has led the way in campaigning for LGBT rights and equal marriage was brilliantly championed by all three of your MPs – Peter Kyle, Caroline Lucas and Simon Kirby – each from different political parties.

“I, myself, have seen first-hand the important work of the police to support the LGBT community, the great HIV charity Sussex Beacon and Brighton’s moving memorial to those who have lost their lives to AIDS.”

She continued: “When I stood in Downing Street as Prime Minister for the first time last month, I said that I believe in a country that works for everyone, whoever we are and wherever we’re from.

“We rightly take pride in making Britain one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the world. We grieve with all LGBT communities after the tragic and senseless murders in Orlando and we express our determination to defeat all forms of bigotry and violence.

“Together we stand for a future where everyone can enjoy the freedom to live and love openly.

“I know that Brighton Pride will once again inspire us all with its dazzling array of artists and performances and its wonderful celebration of diversity – and I wish everyone involved a great weekend.”

Mrs May has a mixed record on LGBT rights herself. As a new Tory MP, she followed the party line to vote against many early equality measures. As Home Secretary, she oversaw the introduction of same-sex marriage and undertook a contentious review of the treatment of LGBT asylum seekers.