Printer Friendly

Gay politicians use Mardi Gras stage; HOMOSEXUALITY: Speeches seek tolerance and true equality for the gay community.

THE political parties will be vying for the pink vote today when Wales's two openly gay MPs both appear at the nation's premier event for gays and lesbians.

Labour's Chris Bryant and Plaid Cymru's Adam Price will both make speeches from the stage of the Mardi Gras festival in Cardiff's Bute Park.

And the Liberal Democrats will be getting in on the act as they launch a campaign for the Welsh capital to follow London's example by recognising same-sex partnerships.

Last night both of the gay MPs, who were elected for the first time in June, said they wanted to avoid lengthy speeches but felt there were important points to be made.

Mr Bryant said, "If you'd asked anyone for their stereotype of the Rhondda before the election it would have been that they would never elect anyone like me. But I ended up with more votes than anybody else in Wales in the election - which goes to show that kind of prejudice is a thing of the past.

"There are a lot of young people growing up in Wales who discover that they are gay and can feel some kind of freak. So it's important that we have role models and that we work to ensure equality in the law."

Mr Price described the event as "a celebration of diversity that is characteristic of the tolerant and inclusive Wales we all want to see".

The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP added, "Unfortunately, there are still to many instances of gay men and lesbians facing discrimination.

Mardi Gras is an opportunity to show the kind of confidence that allows all men and women to be open with their friends, families and colleagues."
COPYRIGHT 2001 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2001 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 
Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 1, 2001
Words:282
Previous Article:Independent schools set the standard for teaching; EDUCATION: Pass rate at state schools in Wales 30pc lower than at fee-paying establishments.
Next Article:Parents plan march in front of school bus; HAVERFORDWEST: Row over free travel and catchment areas.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters