Why Pride Matters to Peter Tatchell

March 8, 2014

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell explains why Pride is important to him.

Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell

“I am proud to support Brighton and Hove Pride. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community makes a vibrant, positive contribution to the city; enriching its cultural diversity.

“As well as being a fabulous celebration and party, Pride is an important manifestation of our continuing campaign for LGBT dignity, respect, acceptance and human rights.

“Despite having won almost complete legal equality, queer-bashing violence and homophobic bullying still exist.

“It is outrageous that half of all LGBT pupils have experienced homophobia at school and that half the country’s schools still don’t have an anti-bullying programme that specifically addresses homophobic bullying.

“Equally alarming, one third of the LGBT people have been victims of hate crimes. This shows why Pride is still necessary – and why it matters to me.

“We’ve won the battle for same-sex marriage in the UK but about 80 countries still criminalise homosexuality, with penalties ranging up to life imprisonment and even the death penalty.

“The battle for LGBT equality is a worldwide struggle. Despite setbacks in Russia, Cameroon, India, Nigeria and Uganda, the overall global trend is towards greater rights for LGBT people. Queer freedom is an unstoppable international phenomenon.

My appeal to you is: Don’t accept homophobia. Dream of a world without the persecution of LGBT people. Make homophobia history.”

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