An event to celebrate equality and diversity took place in Llanelli today, Saturday (Aug 5). The LGBT day organised by CETMA featured stands promoting equality including Breakthro Llanelli, the Girl Guides, Asda and MENCAP. As well as the stalls offering help and advice there was a music stage and refreshments stalls.
Attending the event was Nia Griffith MP the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.
Speaking to Llanelli Online Nia Griffith said: “I am absolutely delighted to be at the LGBT event here today and I would like to thank CETMA, which got this started a couple of years ago. It is easy to do these things in big cities it is not so easy in small towns but it is important that in every corner of the U.K. we do celebrate diversity. We really must keep on the front foot all the time about equality. It is not so very long ago that there was a lot of discrimination. I think there is still a lot of bullying and we need to stamp out that bullying and fly the flag. We need to be absolutely clear that we are not going to put up with any discrimination against LGBT people. We have to take our message a lot further and broaden out to the wider world where there are still many countries where it is illegal and it is even punishable by death. There is still a lot to do.”
Jeremy Miles AM was also at the event and he said that it was important for the LBGT community celebrate. The Neath AM took a positive view of the future for the LGBT community. He said: “Things are changing and it is important that the Welsh Assembly reflects all kinds of communities. I am one of three ‘out’ LGBT AM’s. We are looking at decades of different perspectives and discrimination. We need to do more in schools about homophobic and transphobic bullying. There has been a rule change this week for safe donation of blood by gay and bisexual men. Wales is leading the way and it is important that we have laws that don’t discriminate. It is about changing people’s attitudes and perspectives.”
Llanelli Online made was at the event and we interviewed Nia Griffith MP, Jeremy Miles AM, County Councillor Andre McPherson, Councillor Sean Rees, Llanelli Mayor, Jeff Edmunds and Debbie Lane of the LGBT Cymru helpline. You can watch the in depth interviews here.