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Speaker raises LGBT flag at Parliament to celebrate 50 years of Pride

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Great to join @CommonsSpeaker and colleagues from across Westminster ahead of the Pride flag raising in the grounds of Parliament.It was a great opportunity to come together to recognise progress made and work still to be done.Together we can get there ð³ï¸âð pic.twitter.com/5P0eqMOarlOne of the MPs to join Sir Lindsay in celebrating was Elliot Colburn, a Tory MP representing Carshalton and Wallington near Croydon in south London.

Mr Colburn, who has campaigned against homophobic abuse after receiving a death threat himself, tweeted that he was ‘feelin’ proud’.He said: ‘Great to join @CommonsSpeaker and colleagues from across Westminster ahead of the Pride flag raising in the grounds of Parliament. ‘It was a great opportunity to come together to recognise progress made and work still to be done.

Together we can get there.’This weekend’s London Pride event celebrates 50 years since the first parade took place in 1972.The first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held in on July 1 1972, chosen to be the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 1969.Around 2,000 people marched through London.In 2019, the last London Pride before Covid, more than 1.5 million people joined in.

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