Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Happy Pride Month

Today marks the beginning of Pride Month, an event which celebrates LGBTQ+ people and their contributions to our society. It is also an important time when we can reflect on the remarkable achievements of campaigners, which have made the UK one of the most tolerant and diverse countries in the world.

This year, Pride Month undoubtedly looks a little different, with marches and celebrations postponed until laster in the year. But with the recent announcement that Hexham has been awarded £80,000 by Historic England to improve cultural activities on Hexham High Street, including Hexham Pride, it will not be long before we can once again celebrate the valuable contribution of LGBTQ+ people to our local communities in person.

I was proud to vote to legalise same-sex marriage in 2013, as well as to vote in favour of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland two years ago. Everyone should have the freedom to live and love without fear. There is more to do to stamp out prejudice in our society, but we have come a long way over the last decade. 

Happy Pride Month!