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Conservatives Demonstrate Support for Reading’s LGBT community

Reading Conservatives were delighted to take part in the well attended Reading Pride festival in Kings Meadow on Saturday.  Hundreds of local people signed a petition at the Conservative stall calling on the Council to support local group “SupportU” in their goal to create a Reading LGBT drop-in centre.

The team of Conservative activists from Reading East and West marching in the parade through the town centre included Councillor Tim Harris, Councillor Dave Luckett and Councillor Emma Webster.  Reading Conservatives are proud to have been supporting Pride for many years and to have been the first political party to join the Reading Pride march.

Cllr Tim Harris said ‘The march just gets better every year!  Reading Pride is now a cornerstone of the Reading calendar.  We have always been firm supporters of this awesome event.  We wanted to use our presence at Pride to support a local cause which would make a real difference for Reading residents.  It’s fantastic that the festival visitors were so enthusiastic about the need for a support centre and that the Council should offer genuine assistance to establish and maintain an LGBT centre inReadingopen at accessible times.’

Previously at Pride, a Reading Conservatives’ petition collected signatures urging the Council to try harder to tackle homophobic bullying within Reading schools.  As a direct result of this petition Cllr Tim Harris presented a motion to implement the ‘Stonewall Education Champions programme’.  This was passed and has been implemented.

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September 5, 2011 - Posted by | Local

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