United Kingdom Cabinet officials Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude are lending their support to the LGBT community, with the rainbow flag flying with their approval at the Cabinet Office during their Pride Week.
“Flying the rainbow flag is a great symbol of pride – and what better place than Whitehall, the centre of government, to demonstrate that,” Clegg said in an interview with PinkNews. “I was proud to raise the flag for the first time last year, and hope to see more departments following suit this year.”
Clegg and Francis are avid supporters of the LGBT community. While Clegg was the first politician to support marriage equality, Francis has supported the movement since his gay brother died of AIDS in 1993.
“Our Pride celebrations are one of the biggest events of the year as befits a city with a large LGBT population,” London’s Mayor Boris Johnson said in a press release.
“The diversity of people taking part encapsulates why our city is one of the most exciting places on earth to live. I’m delighted to support this fabulous event. Here’s to it being a massive success.”
“We are proud to fly the flag and look forward to a time when same-sex couples can get married,” a Cabinet Office representative said in a press release.
London Pride will be held from June 23 – 30, with Tennis Star Martina Navratilova and BBC Sports Broadcaster Clare Balding participating in the events.
Earlier this week, the British House of Commons voted for marriage equality with a final tally of 366 to 161.
Designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, the rainbow flag has been an iconic symbol of the LGBT community, representing hope and peace.