Pride cannot be 'family friendly'
In a First Person column, Ian Robson, of the LGBT Centre, argues events such as Saturday's Leicester Pride are needed to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender communities and prevent discrimination.
Discrimination such as denying someone a home or job because of their race or gender or sexual orientation is an evil, but there is a world of difference between unjust discrimination and the rights of people to hold opposing views.
His depiction of the victimhood of the LGBT movement, as helpless before every discrimination going, is not completely accurate.
If it is a victim, it has sharp teeth and it knows its prey. Under its influence Catholic adoption agencies have closed, hoteliers with Christian values have been brought to the brink of bankruptcy, Christian fire-fighters demoted and forced into diversity retraining for refusing to take part in a Pride march, and the idea of marriage as uniquely a relationship between a man and a woman has been brought to ridicule and disrepute.
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Leicester Pride was described in a second article in Saturday's Mercury as family-friendly.
There is more to family friendliness than having fairground attractions and bunting.
This is the only event in Leicester where men parade around in sexually-suggestive garb and the only event which anticipates, recognises and celebrates sexual licence.
Anyone taking part is endorsing that philosophy, whether knowingly or not.
I do not see therefore how it could ever be described as family-friendly. I think chastity and modesty are better examples to give to children of whatever age.
Francisca Martinez, Leicester.