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Rainbow flag to be projected on to Parliament building for Pride weekend

An LGBT rainbow flag is also being flown from Portcullis House in Parliament, for the second time. 
Kenza Bryan, Press Association

A rainbow flag is to be projected on to the Palace of Westminster for the first time to celebrate London Pride.

The Parliament building is to be lit up on July 7, 8 and 9 as part of the annual Pride weekend.

Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords, said: "Homosexuality is still illegal in over 70 countries around the world, including many in the Commonwealth.

"None of this will be solved by a march, or a display of lights in Westminster.

"But these acts will demonstrate to those who are being persecuted or abused that they are supported.

"The lights are a symbol of our support."

An LGBT rainbow flag is also being flown from Portcullis House in Parliament, for the second time.

Members of ParliOUT, Parliament's workplace equality network, will march alongside an open-top bus bearing the message "Love Happens Here" as part of Saturday's Pride celebrations in central London.

David Geary, head of political engagement for Pride In London, said: "It was in the Houses of Parliament that homosexuality was decriminalised, equal consent laws were introduced, the bigoted Section 28 was repealed, where civil partnership and ultimately equal marriage were adopted.

"This powerful institution, right at the heart of British democracy, has become a powerful tool for equality in recent times.

"The rainbow flag flying above serves as a testament to this legacy and a reflection of how far we have come as a community - with more LGBT+ politicians than any other country in the world."

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