Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Ilford North, Wes Streeting, lent his support to an exhibition and film screening at Gants Hill Library this evening as part of LGBT History Month.
The event was hosted by Vision and Redbridge Council, in conjunction with Eastside Community Heritage and the Redbridge Rainbow community group. Residents saw a film produced as part of a local oral history project and enjoyed an exhibition charting the history of the LGBT community in the 20th century.
Wes spoke as part of a panel, reminding the audience that there is still much left to do to make sure that every citizen can live free from intimidation or prejudice.
Speaking after the event Wes said: "We are lucky to live in such a diverse community in Redbridge and it's important that we all work together to foster a culture of respect and understanding between different communities.
"There are still too many young people growing up in Britain today who experience prejudice and discrimination because of who they are or who they love. All of us need to do more to tackle homophobia and other forms of prejudice in our society. LGBT History Month is a great opportunity to reflect on how far our society has come, but there is much left to do.
"I commend Eastside Community Heritage, Redbridge Rainbow and Redbridge Council for all the work they are doing to tackle discrimination."
The 'Being Civil in Redbridge' film and exhibition will also be visiting Redbridge Central Library and South Woodford Library. For a full list of LGBT History Month events in Redbridge, visit the Council website.