LONDON, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Gay people in Britain still have to hide their sexuality almost half a century after a landmark law was passed, Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday.
The prime minister's message marked Pride in London day when Britain's capital celebrates its LGBT community.
"Pride says to Londoners, Britain and the world: be yourself. Live freely and openly," said Cameron, in what was his first message since announcing 24 hours earlier about his intention to resign in the wake of the EU referendum result.
Describing this year's London festival as a commemoration, Cameron added:"We come together in the shadow of the absolutely appalling attack in Orlando two weeks ago. Young people cut down in their prime by senseless, cold-blooded violence. People enjoying a normal Saturday night out -- murdered simply because of who they were -- because of their sexuality."
"This was a direct attack on the LGBT community. And it was an attack, once again, on our values and our way of life. So we stand with the people of Orlando, and we send our deepest condolences to the families and friends who are grieving today. As we remember those who were lost, we should also resolve to never allow this attack, this terror attack, to change who we are or how we go about our lives."
Cameron said in 2017 Pride will mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, a landmark moment for LGBT equality.
"But there are more laws that need to be passed; more support to be offered and above all, more attitudes to be changed," Cameron said.
"Sadly, many people in the LGBT community feel the need to filter their behavior, or hide who they are. But Pride says to Londoners, Britain and the world: be yourself. Live freely and openly," added Cameron.
Cameron spoke of strides made by the LGBT community in fighting for equality, not just in London and Britain, but around the world, saying events like Pride showcase openness, tolerance, equality and solidarity to the rest of the world.
The theme for this year's Pride in London, #NoFilter, asks people to "live your life as you", even in the face of violence and discrimination.