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Lynne Featherstone: LGBT rights abroad must remain on everyone’s agenda

May 17, 2014 11:00 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - a celebration of sexual and gender diversity.

Commenting, International Development Minister and former Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

"Here in the UK we reached a milestone this year, with the first ever same-sex weddings. I was lucky enough to attend Our Gay Wedding - the musical, which was held at Alexandra Palace Theatre in my constituency on the first day of equal marriages. It was a fantastic day for the couple, and for all the campaigners, like Peter Tatchell, the Coalition for Equal Marriage and many others, who have campaigned for this for so long.


"But not everywhere in the world is like this. In my role as International Development minister, I see first-hand how difficult life is in Africa for the LGBT community. Now I am working with others to find a way forward in these most difficult of circumstances. LGBT rights abroad must remain on everyone's agenda.

"That's why the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is such an important day, and one I fully support."

Click here to read Nick's piece for Pink News.