1. Marriage for all!
Same sex couples in England and Wales will be entitled to full civil marriages starting next year. Gay marriage is also expected in Scotland sometime in 2014.
The British Embassy made history when we marched in the Washington, DC Pride Parade in June 2013 – the first foreign embassy to do so. Our float, ‘Putting the Tea in Equality,’ won the Harvey Milk Award for best public sector contingent. The British Consulate General in New York also marched in NYC’s Pride Parade later in the summer.
4. A world leader in inclusion of all kinds
The London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games were the most accessible ever. The Paralympics were the biggest (and best!) in history, watched by more people, both in person and at home, than ever before.
5. Chock full of cheeky things to do
VisitBritain, the UK government’s official tourism body, has a whole website specifically for LGBT visitors, showing the best of Britain’s ‘Pink Cities.’ From Brighton to Soho to Glasgow, if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, the UK lets everyone be themselves.
6. Even our felines are fabulous!
Larry, the cat who prowls the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street, has some serious sartorial flare, and is a firm believer in equality for all. Can you say adorable?
7. British laws protect LGBT people
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexuality, gender, disability or health status in places like hotels, restaurants, hospitals and public transportation. Together with strong hate crimes legislation and the UK government’s transgender equality action plan, these are some of the ways the UK is a fairer and more equal society that specifically protects the rights of gay people.
8. London is a finalist to host the Gay Games in 2018!
The Federation of Gay Games is voting on the winning city this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, host of the 2014 Games. The UK government is backing London’s bid. We hope you will too – show your support on Facebook and Twitter with #GayGames2018 | #GayGames | #ReachFurther.