Marking London Pride in 2016, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Minister, Baroness Anelay, and Department for International Development Minister, Baroness Verma said:
Pride is about honouring the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people and the remarkable contribution they make to our societies and economies. It is also a time for poignant reflection when we remember those who have lost their lives solely because of who they are or whom they love, including the 49 people who died in the hate-filled attack in Orlando this month.
This murderous act serves to remind us that we still have a long way to go before LGB&T people can live freely and are accepted everywhere and by everyone without exception.
We are committed to promoting and protecting the rights of LGB&T people wherever they may live in the world. This year, we are pleased that around £900,000 of the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy will be dedicated to projects working with LGB&T communities around the world.
We will continue to work together across Government and side-by-side with our partners and with civil society around the world, to fight for this acceptance and for an end to violence and discrimination against LGB&T people.