"This Is a Wonderful Festival of Equality" – Mariela Castro on Gay Pride in London

Also on the parade was Mariela Castro, daugher of President Raúl Castro and niece of Fidel Castro.

Speaking mainly in Spanish, she did say in English: "Hello London … this is a wonderful festival of equality" when she addressed the crowd in Trafalgar Square after the parade.

Ms. Castro is the head of CENESEX (Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual – the National Centre for Sex Education, a government-funded organisation which is best know for its advocacy work on LGBT issues.

When asked for her impressions of Pride London, and the gay 'scene' in the capital, she replied in one word: "Beautiful". And the word was accompanied with a large and genuine smile.

Openly gay Labour MP Chris Bryant, recently appointed the Under-Secretary of State for Foriegn Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, told the crowd: "I don't want to be tollerated, I want to be respected" – this got the biggest cheer of the afternoon.

Original article at http://www.ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/09/Jul/0409.htm