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For LGBT+ people across the globe, Pride isn’t a celebration yet

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Since the Stonewall uprising 50 years ago, Pride has been a vital part of LBGT communities’ campaign to assert our right to be seen, accepted and celebrate who we are. That’s as true today as it was five decades ago, and we’ve had plenty of reminders this Pride month that our fight for equality is far from over.

June kicked off with Ann Widdecombe, a newly elected politician, saying science could still find an “answer” to LBGT identities. While at the same time, protests continued online about the morality of LBGT -inclusive education after the High Court rightly ruled it was unacceptable for people to be protesting outside primary schools in Birmingham – where teachers were just telling their pupils that some people have two mums and some two dads and that’s ok.

The language being used by some individuals and groups is straight out of the vicious campaigns of the 1980s when Section 28, the law that banned local authorities from “promoting homosexuality”, was introduced. This legislation was the trigger that led Ian McKellen, Michael Cashman, Lisa Power and our other founders to set up Stonewall.

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Our goal since those dark days 30 years ago has been to change the way people think about lesbian, gay and bi people, and build acceptance in our communities, schools, workplaces and places of worship. And I’m proud of the fact that since I became chief executive five years ago, we have joined with trans communities to fight for acceptance of trans people as well.

To be honest, the events of the past month come as no surprise to me. And........

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