Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Reading Pride

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This Saturday Anneliese and LGBT Labour were in Reading to support the town's 11th annual Reading Pride festival. 

The event, which celebrates our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, draws in thousands of people from across Berkshire and the South East.

Anneliese joined Victoria Groulef, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Reading West, on the LGBT Labour stall at the festival site to answer questions from the public and collect signatures for Victoria's petition calling on the government to push all Commonwealth countries to respect the Commonwealth Charter, which guarantees equal rights and non-discrimination.

Anneliese said: "It was great to be back at Reading Pride. As a passionate supporter of LGBT rights I always enjoy attending. This year I especially enjoyed visiting the different stalls including the Thames Valley Gay Chorus and Gay Police Association. I was also interested to meet representatives from Outline Surrey to talk about their work supporting the LGBT community in Surrey.

"Between 1997 and 2010 the last Labour government did more for the advancement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans equality than any other government in British History. But we cannot be complacent as there is still much more to do. As a Labour MEP I am working within the European Parliament to support the LGBT community here in the South East and across Europe. As a member of the parliament's Intergroup on LGBT rights, which acts as a coordinator for parliamentarians on LGBT issues, I am working to ensure that EU institutions and member state governments are challenged where they are responsible for, or failing to act against, LGBT people being subjected to discrimination."

Anneliese is really interested to hear from LGBT organisations and individuals in the South East about the issues that matter most to you, and how she can help. You can get in touch with Anneliese here.

You can find more information on Labour's record on LGBT rights here.

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