Diane Abbott MP is appointed as Reading Pride's first Patron

Published
30 Aug 2010
Author
Roy Perestrelo

Reading Pride is proud to announce that it has appointed Diane Abbott MP as its first Patron. Diane Abbott who has been an MP since 1987 with a special interest in equality and diversity, having had a career within workers unions before that.

In a statement issued by Diane Abbott she states

I am absolutely thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to become a Patron of Reading Pride. So many towns and cities across the country see local pride events as an important part of their summer calendar - I hope that the next few years brings us greater equality – gay marriage, greater protection for trans people, blood service reform and gay families being seen as as equal and important has heterosexual families. And I hope that by working with Reading Pride we can do our bit to make this a reality.

Reading Pride is proud to appoint Diane Abbott as a Patron, especially one who has been campaigning since the 80's not only for equality amongst issues involving sexuality but equality for the entire community. We hope to work together to form a stronger community presence, both locally and nationally on issues which can change the lives of the many.

Full Diane Abbott Statement

Diane Abbott, Reading Pride Patron.

I am absolutely thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to become a Patron of Reading Pride. So many towns and cities across the country see local pride events as an important part of their summer calendar – and for the first time this year, my own constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington will host its first Pride event in its history.

As a Labour Party politician you would expect me to talk about our fantastic record of improving the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender people. And be in no doubt, this would not have happened under a Tory government. It was Labour that made what was once seen as a 'radical' policy a staplemark of fairness and justice in this country. But we shouldn't get all the credit. Members of the LGBT community were far ahead of many politicians on this issue – campaigning, often in dangerous circumstances, for their human rights and they should be honoured and applauded.

It wasn't easy being a gay rights champion in the 80's but I'm pleased to have backed the rights of LGBT people whenever and wherever I had the opportunity. I hope that the next few years brings us greater equality – gay marriage, greater protection for trans people, blood service reform and gay families being seen as as equal and important has heterosexual families. And I hope that by working with Reading Pride we can do our bit to make this a reality.

Diane Abbott MP