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Global LGBT rights our next priority says PM



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Britain is the best place to be LGBT in Europe according to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

Speaking at a reception for the LGBT community yesterday, Cameron said equal marriage in the UK was a “great achievement”.

The reception was an opportunity to mark the recent passing of equal marriage legislation and to discuss other on going challenges for the LGBT community.

Referring to the equal marriage bill, Cameron said, “I’m personally proud of this.  I think I’m probably the only Conservative Prime Minister who’s taken this step, but I’m very proud to have taken it.  I think it’s a really good step, and thank you for helping me to stick with the plan and get it done so quickly.”

He said that it sent a vital message to school children who may be unsure of their sexuality, but also to parents.

“A mum came up to me the other day in the street in my constituency and said, ‘Why I’m so pleased about this is that I’ve got a straight son and a gay daughter, and I now know I’m going to be able to go to both of their weddings, and that makes me really happy’,” added Cameron.

But he stressed that the job “isn’t fully done” and that LGBT rights abroad must now be addressed: “There’s a lot more work to be done as Britain in the Commonwealth, talking to our Commonwealth partners about decriminalising homosexuality in various countries.”

He also said that hate crimes must be tackled along with homophobic bullying in schools.

Cameron thanked government ministers and LGBT actvisits for their support of the eqaul marriage bill.

Leading human rights activist Peter Tatchell was thanked for lobbying ‘the government for 21 years for this change,” but was conspicuously absent from the reception.

In a press release Tatchell stated that he “was on the list of potential invitees but vetoed.”

Tatchell said that he has never been invited to a Downing Street LGBT reception.

He said, “I am surprised and disappointed by this petty and sectarian exclusion. Not being invited is no big deal to me personally but the principle is important. All those who’ve made a significant contribution should be invited. Excluding me is an insult to the many people who have supported my campaigns for LGBT human rights and equal marriage.”

Of David Cameron, Tatchell added, “apparently, he’s worried that I might douse him in pink fairy dust or super-glue myself to the Cabinet meeting room table.”

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