by Morecambe Liberal Democrats on 20 October, 2019
Morecambe Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Owen Lambert believes we can do so much more to support our local LGBT+ community
As a member of the LGBT+ community, Owen is passionate about protecting the community’s rights, tackling homophobia, bi-erasure and transphobia. Already this year he has spoken at two local events, Lancaster Pride and Morecambe’s first ever Pride.
At Lancaster Pride Owen highlighted how, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots the LGBT+ community still had a long way to go before true equality and acceptance was achieved stating:
‘Even within our Union still – there is no equal marriage in Northern Ireland. This is a saddening and frankly unbelievable reality that still in 2019 there isn’t genuine legal equality for everyone to love who they want to and express that through the beautiful ceremony of marriage.’
Owen later came out as bisexual during Lancaster Pride. He said ‘I didn’t really think it was going to be such a big thing, I only wanted to come out in a place that was safe and accepting but the response from the crowd was like a roar! People were coming up to me afterwards thanking me, saying I’d given them the courage to accept who they were and come out to their families. It was very heartwarming to hear.’
At Morecambe’s first Pride in 2019, Owen spoke on behalf of the Liberal Democrats stating that the party is adamant and determined to fight against discrimination against the LGBT+ community.
Criticising the current MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris Owen said ‘We have yet to see any real commitment to helping the LGBT+ community of Morecambe from our very own MP, Mr David Morris – who during the vote on whether to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland voted NO and he has generally voted NO on equal marriage in the past in this country.’
‘Having now worked with Lancaster Pride and Morecambe Pride, I would love to continue to support them and ensure that the Morecambe of tomorrow is a safe, tolerant and inclusive area where anyone can be free to express themselves. David Morris has not attended any local Pride and has indeed voted against LGBT+ rights, he cannot claim to represent everyone in Morecambe and Lunesdale.’
Owen is the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale and will campaign on youth, green and LGBT+ issues.