The founder and organiser of Durham’s Pride celebration has today been honoured in Parliament for his role in establishing the annual event in the city.
Speaking in a parliamentary debate celebrating 50 years of Pride, Mary praised founder Mel Metcalf in her speech in the House of Commons.
In her speech Mary said that “Since 2014, Durham Pride has brought together people from across the Northeast.” And that it had “been nurtured by the inspirational Mel Metcalf, and the entire Pride committee who work tirelessly to ensure the celebration gets bigger, better, more inclusive, and more accessible every year.”
Mary added that “Mel’s infectious enthusiasm for bringing people together to celebrate the freedom to love without discrimination is like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. Next year will see the 10th Durham Pride, I hope the whole House will join me in commending Mel’s fantastic work.”
However, the recognition for the Durham Pride founder went further, as Mary tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to celebrate Durham Pride 2022.
The motion has gained the signatures of 13 MPs across the political divide including Jarrow MP Kate Osborne. The text of the motion presented to Parliament states:
“This House celebrates the success of Durham Pride 2022; congratulates Mel Metcalf and the organising committee of Durham Pride for their hard work and dedication to inclusion and diversity in the North East; praises the work of the team throughout the weekend which enabled people from across the region to celebrate and come together; recognises that Pride is as much a protest as it is a celebration; remembers and appreciates those who have campaigned tirelessly for LGBTQ+ equality; and looks forward to the gathering of Pride in Durham in 2023.”
The signed Early Day Motion has now been officially bound and will be presented to Mr Metcalf in the coming weeks.