Brighton Pride: A message from Keith Taylor MEP

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for Brighton and a member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Rights Intergroup, sends a message of support and solidarity to everyone involved in Pride on Saturday (5 August), which marks the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. 

In a statement, the former Brighton and Hove Councillor said:

“Dear Brighton Pride,

Sending you all the very best for Pride this year as we mark fifty years since homosexuality was first partially decriminalised in the UK.

As a Brighton resident and former city councillor, I know just how much effort goes into making Pride possible. I want to extend my fullest support to each and every one of you. It’s the wonderful organisers, volunteers, local businesses, sponsors, artists, charities and attendees that always make Pride such a fabulous event.

The UK has made significant progress towards stamping out discrimination and homophobia, but the upsetting and violent hate crime visited on James and Dain just last year in Brighton, one of the country’s most diverse and inclusive cities, must serve as a stark reminder that the fight is far from over.

Now, more than ever, we have an obligation to create societies in which intolerance and hate crime is rejected outright. Pride events celebrating human diversity across the world can help make our towns and cities safer places – where people are free to be themselves and love without fear.

Through my involvement in the cross party group for LGBTIQ rights in the European Parliament, I know all too well the work that still needs to be done in this area, not just here in the UK, but across Europe and beyond.

As Pride hits Brighton on Saturday, let us remember it is both a necessary demonstration against a sadly all too real and ongoing struggle and a joyous celebration of love, life, equality and diversity.

All the best, Keith.”