I was among the hundreds of people who spent the day at Norwich’s Pride event on Saturday 26th July 2014. Pride is organised by the local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community as a celebration in which the whole city can share and take part.
Norwich has a long history of welcoming difference and supporting others in the community, and I’m proud to share in that history. Pride’s Rainbow symbol stands for all that is good in Norwich and Norfolk; tolerance, respect, and the acceptance of others in our communities.
I know that without much of the equality legislation that the Labour Party has traditionally fought for, our society would be much less rich in its diversity and colour.
Between 1997 and 2010 the Labour government did more for the advancement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans equality than any other government in British history - you can can see just how much we achieved here
That's a long track record of action - most of which was opposed by the Tories. In this parliament, that Equal Marriage Act may have been introduced under the current Coalition but it would never have been passed without the Labour MPs as more Conservative MPs voted against it than voted in favour.
Norwich Pride was attended by many sections of the community across Norfolk and Norwich and was supported by local public services, trade unions, businesses and the Norfolk Police.