THE HEAD of the European Pride movement has sent a message of support ahead of an equality rally in Stratford this weekend.
It comes after volunteers from the charity Warwickshire Pride – which supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) community – were subjected to a torrent of homophobic abuse while manning a stall at the town’s Rother Street market in March.
Kristine Garina, president of EuroPride, the European Pride Organisers Association, said: “We often think of the UK as being very progressive on LGBT equality.
“But the experience of our colleagues from Warwickshire Pride facing homophobic abuse in Stratford last month, shows that however much legislation can change, we still need to change hearts and minds.
“The whole European Pride movement sends its support and we stand with them today.”
Stratford District Council, Stratford Town Trust – which sponsored the stall – and MP Nadhim Zahawi were among many to condemn the abuse.
And to show the LGBT community will not give in to the bigots, Warwickshire Pride has arranged the equality rally in the town this weekend.
It wills see supporters taking part in the literary pageant on Saturday morning on the theme of the book Rainbows End: The Unicorn Adventures, and in the afternoon they will be celebrating who they are in the recreation ground.
Visit www.warwickshirepride.co.uk for further details.