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The UK has been the first foreign government to participate in Pride marches in cities across the US, Mexico & Canada.

As part of VisitBritain’s Love is GREAT campaign, the British government will celebrate LGBT rights by participating in local Pride events in 16 cities across the US, Mexico, and Canada this year, and will launch a nationwide sweepstakes on June 10th, 2017 to win a trip to Great Britain. The UK is proud to be recognized as one of the most progressive countries in the world for LGBT rights. The UK is the first foreign government to participate in Pride on such a significant scale in the Americas and is proud to continue the tradition this year. Activity will also commemorate the start of decriminalization of homosexuality in England & Wales with the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. Love is GREAT will highlight the UK as a champion of LGBT equality and a global leader in human rights across policy, business, arts, culture, and tourism.

“Last year, it was my great privilege to walk for the first time in DC’s Capital Pride,” British Ambassador Kim Darroch said. “Diversity and inclusion are values that make the United Kingdom great – and as a leader in human rights, the UK is committed to promoting the LGBT cause around the world.”

The UK is proud to be recognized as one of the most progressive countries in the world for LGBT rights and a welcoming destination for all. To celebrate this, between June and October 2017, the British Embassy Washington, the UK Mission to the UN, VisitBritain, and each of the British Consulates will participate in marches and events in their regions – Atlanta, Boston, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington, DC – with additional activity in Mexico City, Toronto and Vancouver.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating equality through our Love is GREAT Britain, our LGBTQ campaign taking place across Canada, Mexico and the United States. In this historic anniversary year, there are dedicated cultural exhibitions in London to enjoy, as well as Pride Festivals and Parades across the country. There has never been a better time to visit and celebrate your love in Britain.” says Paul Gauger, Executive Vice President Americas for VisitBritain.

Love is GREAT Sweepstakes

To coincide with US Pride events, on June 10th, 2017, VisitBritain will launch a nationwide competition for a chance to win a trip to Britain to experience the array of choices the destination provides for LGBT travellers. Contestants can enter on the Love is GREAT campaign homepage,, for a chance to win a trip for two to London and Glasgow.

The prize includes two round-trip economy flights to London, courtesy of Virgin Atlantic; three nights’ accommodation in the newly refurbished Rubens at the Palace Hotel in London courtesy of The Rubens at the Palace, two theatre tickets to see Kinky Boots in the West End courtesy of Kinky Boots, three nights’ accommodation at citizenM in Glasgow courtesy of citizenM, entry to the Polo Lounge in Glasgow’s hip Merchant City, dinner in a city centre restaurant, a local Glasgow walking tour, and city sightseeing bus passes courtesy of Glasgow Life, round-trip train tickets to Glasgow courtesy of Rail Europe, and London Travel Cards preloaded with $40 dollars total.

The competition opens June 10th, 2017 at midnight EST and closes October 16th, 2017 at midnight EST, with the trip to be taken between November 2017 and March 2018. Blackout dates apply. Full terms and conditions are available here. Open to US residents only. All may enter regardless of sexual orientation.

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