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City MP welcomes Portsmouth Pride back to his patch

Welcoming Portsmouth Pride returning in person today (Saturday 11 June 2022) following a break due to the pandemic, with a series of activities including a parade, live entertainment and stalls, Stephen Morgan MP says ‘Pride says to Portsmouth people, Britain and the world, be yourself’.

The city MP also used the event to bring people together to lobby to deliver a full ban on conversion therapy, previously committed by Government but not yet delivered by Ministers.

Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan MP, said:

“Pride says to Portsmouth people, Britain and the world: be yourself. 

“After two long years, I’m delighted Portsmouth Pride is finally taking place in person so that our city can come together again to celebrate the strength of Portsmouth’s LGBTQ+ community, and to be involved by joining the parade, speaking on the main stage and hosting a pop-up stall.

“My huge thanks to all those involved in ensuring a safe and successful Portsmouth Pride!”

On banning conversion therapy the city MP added:

“As well as speaking to fellow residents, community groups and local businesses taking part in today’s event, constituents have the opportunity to send a message loud and clear to Ministers that they expect Government to ban conversion therapy in all its forms. 

“Conversion practices are abuse and no LGBTQ+ person should be left at risk of these abhorrent practices. That’s why at my Pride stall I’ve been asking people to send a postcard to Equalities Minister to ensure Government don’t break their promise to the British people and deliver its commitment on equality.

“I’ll be taking Portsmouth peoples’ views back to Parliament.

Conversion practices seek to change, “cure”, or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In the Queen’s Speech, the Government abandoned its commitment, first made in 2018, to ban conversion practices for all LGBTQ+ people, leaving trans and non-binary people at risk of abuse and lifelong harm.

The city MP has been raising this concern in Parliament and meeting local groups to ensure the Government legislates for a trans-inclusive ban.

For Stephen’s views on this visit https://www.stephenmorgan.org.uk/banning-conversion-therapy-city-mp-responds/