In a message to all Portsmouth residents as the city’s Pride event is cancelled due to Covid-19, and instead replaced with an online event, Portsmouth South’s Stephen Morgan has issued the following statement for those celebrating safely at home:
“Today on Portsmouth Pride day, we must reflect on past achievements and recognise the challenges ahead.
I’m hugely proud of my party’s record on speaking up and taking action on advancing LGBT rights: abolishing the hateful Section 28; creating civil partnerships; introducing landmark legislation ending injustice and inequality; and If it wasn’t for the coronavirus crisis, I would be with you marking this year’s theme – the armed forces – as the Shadow Armed Forces Minister – proud that twenty years ago the ban was lifting on gay personnel serving.
Whilst today we can celebrate safely at home, this virtual event should also act as a reminder that there is so much more to do both here, at home, and across the globe. Poland has declared LGBT free zones across the country. Hungary has passed a law ending legal recognition for transgender people.
Here in the UK research is telling us that the LGBT community are more vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus as Covid-19 continues to thrive on inequality. Ministers promised to ban conversion therapy, yet a few years later, still nothing has happened. We’re still awaiting the Government response to reforms to the Gender Recognition Act risking rowing back the progress made on trans rights.
I want a city where it doesn’t matter who you are or who you love, and I want a country which is a global leader in fighting for equality for all.
To achieve this, we must all work together. And Portsmouth Pride is helping us do just that. We all have a part to play”.