This weekend thousands of people attended Pride in Plymouth on the Hoe. This was the biggest and best pride event in our city’s history with thousands marching through the city centre and many thousands more partying on the Hoe until the sun came down.
Luke Pollard, Plymouth’s first ever gay MP, said:
“Plymouth is a diverse city and celebrating that diversity on the Hoe at Pride is really very special. Pride has been a great party – an excuse to get together and celebrate Plymouth’s LGBT community but it is also worth remembering that the fight for equality goes on.
As we are seeing in America with President Trump’s attacks on the trans community, rights can be rolled back. With Theresa May’s Tories getting into bed with the homophobic DUP in order to cling to power we need to be vigilant that roll back of rights does not happen here too.
If you’re gay in Northern Ireland you don’t enjoy the same rights as if you were gay in Plymouth and that’s not right. LGBT rights are not special rights for any single community, they’re human rights and as your MP I will stand up and defend them.
I want to say a special thank you to the organisers of Pride in Plymouth and all the volunteers who helped make yesterday so special and successful. I’m looking forward to an even bigger and better pride in 2018 and it will have my full support.”
Luke spoke on stage at Pride:
LGBT Labour SW at Plymouth Pride
Plymouth Labour was the only political party to have a stand at Pride in Plymouth yet again - collecting signatures for a petition to drop the DUP deal and also asking people to join the Labour Party. Thank you to all the new members who signed up yesterday. If you didn’t get a chance to join Labour but would like to you can do that here.
Pride in Plymouth Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project
On Monday, a week before Pride, Luke helped host a special showing of the film ‘Pride’ at Plymouth University. This screening was raising money for Pride in Plymouth’s refugee and asylum seeker project. Plymouth is a dispersal city meaning refugees and asylum seekers looking for safe harbour in the UK can be sent to our city. Refugees are very welcome in Plymouth. This project seeks to help LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.
“I had the chance to speak to LGBT refugees at the screening of Pride. The movie is a story of understanding and overcoming fear and prejudice and that’s the same message the refugees told me about their own journeys. Plymouth is a welcoming city and I’m proud that we have opened our doors to help people. I was pleased to help do my bit and with support from Cllr Chris Penberthy and other councillor’s we helped raise £1,000. Thank you and well done to everyone involved with this project.”
Find out more
You can find out more about Pride in Plymouth here.
Read the Herald’s coverage of pride here.