I want the UK to be a place where you can go as far as your talents will take you. No one should be held back because of their race, gender, religion or sexuality.
That’s why I’m so committed to tackling domestic abuse, health inequalities and bullying in schools – as well as toughening hate crime legislation so it covers crimes committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or transgender identity.
It is why I’m determined to see change and positive reforms like this – not just in the UK but around the world, including in the Commonwealth.
And it’s why I am so pleased to have overseen the introduction of same-sex marriage in Britain, so people in this country can celebrate their love for one another, regardless of their sexual orientation.
I’m so proud that the UK is rated as the best place in Europe for LGBT equality. But we cannot be complacent. There are subjects we must continue to tackle: not least taking a zero-tolerance approach to homophobic bullying, and looking at the issue of care for elderly members of the LGBT community.
So there is much to consider how the challenges of delivering equality and ending discrimination have been met. The focus on transgender issues is important. I am sure that the new film The Danish Girl will open people’s eyes not just to some of the issues but to how people have suffered.
LGBT History month is a time to celebrate but we also need to focus on the tasks ahead; to learn from the past and work together for a better future. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.