London Mayor Sadiq Khan reiterated his support for the annual Pride march and called for a zero tolerance attitude to homophobic hate crimes.
In a speech at the PinkNews Awards, he labelled the rise in anti LGBTQ hate crimes recorded in the past year as “alarming.”
The London mayor said: “Let me be clear, hate crime will not be tolerated anywhere in London. In London, you are free to be whoever you are happy, and safe. London is a warm, inclusive and welcoming place, and I’m grateful for all of your support over the last 16 months, not for me, but for all of us.
“London is open to all people regardless of race, gender and sexuality and open to love. Our aim is to safeguard its long term presence in the great city of the world.”
The PinkNews Awards celebrates the contributions of politicians, businesses, campaigners and community groups to improving LGBTQ life in Britain and beyond.
The homosexual act is considered a major sin in Islam and there is unanimous consensus among all schools of jurisprudence, theology and sect on the issue.
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