Parliament at Pride

Parliament at Pride

The Houses of Parliament are delighted to be taking part in the Pride in London Parade once again. The Pride in London Parade is an annual event for London’s LGBT+ people and a chance to be visible and speak loudly about what they have achieved and what is still needed.

As well as promoting Parliament as an inclusive employer that is proud to support its LGBTIQ staff, London Pride is a great way to raise awareness of Parliament as a democratic institution that everyone can get involved with and make themselves heard.

Flying the rainbow flag

To mark ParliOUT’s fifth entry in the Pride in London parade, the ParliOUT membership raised the necessary money to purchase a rainbow flag to be gifted to Parliament so that this year, the flag could be flown above Portcullis House.

Find out how you can get involved with Parliament to make your voice heard about the issues that matter to you, and how Parliament continues to pass laws that help to make the UK a more equal place for everyone.

You can also discover more about Parliament as an inclusive employer and ParliOUT, our award-winning Workplace Equality Network (WEN) which supports LGBTIQ+ people in Parliament.

LGBTIQ+ in Parliament: Key dates

2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act

  • In 2013, Parliament passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act which introduced civil marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales. The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales took place in March 2014.

2004 - Civil Partnership Act

  • The Civil Partnership Act gave same sex couples the same legal rights and responsibilities as married heterosexual couples.

2003 - Local Government Act

2000 - Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act

1994 - Criminal Justice and Public Order Act

1967 - Sexual Offences Act (England and Wales)

Diversity and Inclusion in Parliament

Parliament is striving to be an inclusive employer and service provider. We have established a number of Workplace Equality Networks (WENs) to provide an opportunity for groups of people to discuss and consider issues relevant to their situation or of interest to them.

These WENs including ParliOUT, launched in 2010, in support of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning) people in Parliament.

Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 

As part of its commitment to being an inclusive organisation, the House of Commons participates in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, an effective way to measure efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. In 2017 the House of Commons was placed 28 in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2017, an impressive rise of 88 places from 2016. ParliOUT was also named as one of Stonewalls Highly Commended Network Groups.

Further information

  • Image: Pride in London

Related information

Learn about ParliOUT, Parliament's Workplace Equality Network in support of LGBT+ people and allies.