The three main British party leaders, including the Prime Minister, sent messages of support as LGBT students launch a weekend of celebrations for Student Pride, reports Gay Star News.
Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy PM and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and leader of the opposition Ed Miliband all sent the organisers messages of support.
David Cameron said: ‘As you gather in Brighton, I hope you will reflect on the role each of you can play in bringing about change in your communities.
‘Role models are hugely important when tackling homophobia – that’s why I was delighted when earlier this month the clubs in the Premiership signed up to the government’s Charter to Tackle Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport.
‘Homophobia can prevent people from realizing their dreams and we cannot allow prejudice to prevail. Everyone has a voice and collectively we must challenge unacceptable behavior and attitudes.’
Nick Clegg wrote:‘Homophobia sadly rears its ugly head too often in our society – in our schools, workplaces, sport and playgrounds.
‘That is why we’re investing more money in tackling homophobic bullying in schools, helping head teachers to ban it from their grounds, and working with clubs and organisations to tackle homophobia in sport.’
And David Miliband, head of the Labour party commented: ‘I want Britain to be seen as a beacon of hope on LGBT equality, speaking out against injustice and prejudice at home and in other parts of the world.
‘Together we can build a more equal and just society.’
Student Pride begins tomorrow in Brighton with a daytime event for under-18s and continues through the night with a performance by up and coming girl band Stooshe.