Message from Rhun ap Iorwerth to Pride Cymru

Pride Cymru is a great celebration of equality and of emphasising the message that we are an inclusive Wales that believes in love rather than hate; a country that rejects any sort of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia; and a country that recognises and appreciates the contribution of the gay, bisexual and transsexual community in Wales.

I’m pleased of the work that Plaid Cymru has been doing on this through the health portfolio – calling to re-classify gender identity issues separately from mental health and making it a condition in our budget deal with Welsh Government to establish a gender identity clinic for Wales to give transgender people the help and support they need.

But there is more to be done, and we must ensure that Brexit and the rise of far right politics do not have a negative effect on the equality rights of any group in our society.

Pride Cymru is a great opportunity to declare that message, and so I wish all the best to the event again this year.