Labour activists and those attending this years Margate Pride had a fantastic opportunity to meet with and hear Peter Tatchell speak on Saturday 10th August. Peter, a human rights activist best known for his work with LGBT social movements and who runs the Peter Tatchell Foundation, was invited to join Margate Pride and speak at the rally by Pride organiser, Amy Redwood. He made a powerful contribution.
Myself, fellow County Councillor, Barry Lewis and long time friend of Peter, Keith Veness were delighted to welcome Mr Tatchell at Margate railway station.
Labour is committed to creating more diverse, genuinely inclusive, stronger communities. We know a injury to one is an injury to all. And we will always support and fight for diversity, inclusion and equality’ Karen explained how as national officer for equality for the GMB she had been instrumental in setting up the LGBT structure in the GMB, which has gone from strength to strength.
It was a Labour government that enshrined the rights and freedoms contained in the United Nations Convention on Human Rights into UK law, marking the birth of the Human Rights Act. This remains a vital piece of legislation.
Only a Labour Government will continue the fight for genuine equality and inclusion. Labour’s manifesto includes important advancement of rights for all.
Fellow Kent County Councillor, Barry Lewis said “Everybody has to be given RESPECT, we must strive to create total UNITY in our COMMUNITY”.
Pride on the railways
Before we headed to join Margate Pride, I asked Peter to look at an LGBT railway community engagement strategy from Community Rail Lancashire. I believe this is something we could do more of here in Thanet and the South East. What do you think?
You can download a PDF of the project’s booklet here (4.5MB).
Margate Pride in pictures
Here are some great images from the day
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