Thank you to Afzal Khan MP for voting in favour of equal marriage rights for same sex couples in Northern Ireland today.
Although this would only take effect if a new administration is not formed in Northern Ireland before 21st October and it would still require secondary legislation it is great to know our MP supports equal rights across all areas of the UK.
The amendment to extend equal marriage rights to Northern Ireland passed by 383 to 73.
Another amendment to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland passed by 332 to 99.
New guidance for Relationships Education (Primary Schools) and Sex and Relationships Education (Secondary Schools) has been passed by Parliament.
The guidance requires schools to inform and educate children about different relationships including same sex relationships. This is important to reflect reality, the society we live in and principles of equality and inclusion.
It should be remembered that some children are LGBT. They deserve equal recognition, support, understanding and visibility in schools.
Levenshulme Pride has been consulting with local schools, Manchester City Council councillors with responsibility for LGBT matters (Bev Craig and Chris Wills) and schools (Luthfur Rahman), Schools Out, The Proud Trust, Manchester Parents Group, the National Education Union and Carl Austin-Behan (LGBT Adviser to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham).
We will confirm a date and time for the public meeting on LGBT teaching in schools very soon. In the meantime our initiative is receiving attention in the press as a positive way to address concerns. This is about opening up dialogue and providing clear and accurate information.
Thank you to those who came to the gathering on the Village Green this afternoon to show solidarity with our Muslim friends and neighbours against the terrorist attacks in New Zealand. It was a chance for people to reflect and talk about the horrific events.
Councillors Bernard Stone and Basat Sheikh were able to come as well as Laurence Hennigan (Levenshulme Traders Association) and John Commons (Levenshulme Community Association).
Several of us went on to attend the vigil at the Pakistani Community Centre in Longsight. Both Jeremy Hoad (on behalf of Levenshulme Community Association and Levenshulme Pride) and Lydia Meryll (Levenshulme Youth Project) said a few words there along with community representatives, councillors and Afzal Khan MP.
Levenshulme stands against all forms of hatred and violence.