I had the opportunity to speak at the East London Gay Pride event yesterday.
Taking to the stage, I made it clear that our LGBT residents are part and parcel of the Tower Hamlets Community.
I talked of how important our togetherness, and our unity in diversity, is in our efforts to remain One Tower Hamlets – a community that welcomes people from all walks of life.
I expressed my gratitude to all those LGBT residents who had joined me in preventing the English Defence League from holding their racist march through our borough.
As a British Asian, as a British Muslim, I know what it’s like to be part of a minority. But minorities have since the beginning of time been woven into the fabric of this borough – and what makes us special is how we stand together and speak up for one another. It’s a sentiment that leading gay rights activist Peter Tatchell (pictured above) enthusiastically shared.
I want to thank Jack Gilbert and Rebecca Shaw, the co-chairs of Rainbow Hamlets, who took the lead in organising this – as well as everybody else involved.