LGBT human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will lead the Parade at Birmingham Pride this year on Saturday, May 25, endorsing this year’s ‘Equal Love’ theme.
The parade will take its most high-profile route ever through the city centre, setting off from Victoria Square at midday on Saturday May 25, completing its journey at Birmingham’s gay village, by the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre.
“I am proud to support Birmingham Pride 2013. I’ll be there and I hope you will join me for a fabulous parade and party. The LGBT community makes a huge, positive contribution to the city; enriching its cultural diversity.
“It is important to keep campaigning for LGBT dignity, respect, acceptance and human rights – in Birmingham and across the UK.
“The battle for marriage equality is almost won but not quite. We are still striving for equal love rights. Our efforts are part of a worldwide movement for LGBT equality. Queer freedom is an unstoppable global trend.
“Don’t accept homophobia. Dream of a world without the persecution of LGBT people. Help us make homophobia history.”
Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton, added:
“Peter Tatchell has been at the forefront of the campaign for same-sex marriage equality, so we are absolutely delighted that he will be leading our ‘Equal Love’-themed Carnival Parade this year.”
“With gay marriage being introduced in France and New Zealand within the last month, we look forward to soon enjoying the same equality in this country.”
The Government’s same-sex marriage bill is set to resume in the House of Commons on May 20, and if approved it will then pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny.
The Birmingham Gay Pride weekend this year is headlined by Bananarama, JLS, Paloma Faith, Stooshe, Lucy Spraggan and Rylan Clark, and in total will feature over 100 performers and DJs.
The festival, generates a £15million economic impact for the city, attracts over 50,000 people and takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 25 and Sunday May 26, 2013.
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