AMB. BARZUN:  I want to begin with a message from my country to this country… It’s simply this: Thank you.

Thank you for being our best friend and doing what best friends do: When we suffered our tragedy in Orlando you were there for us.

Thank you for filling the streets in SoHo with your overflowing love.

Ambassador Barzun and London Mayor Sadiq Khan lead the London 2016 Pride Parade

Ambassador Barzun and London Mayor Sadiq Khan lead the London 2016 Pride Parade

That image filled homes across America and is helping us heal.

We need each other much more than we might think.

In America we have a Latin motto that President Obama likes to remind us of:

  E Pluribus Unum – Out of many… one.

View from the West side of Trafalgar Square during the 2016 London Pride march

View from the West side of Trafalgar Square during the 2016 London Pride march

We are many. That is right. AND… we also… are one.

My mind keeps turning to the words of Stephen Frost – formerly of Stonewall:

He reminds us that Diversity is a fact.  Just look around. Inclusion is a choice.
(he’s right) It’s not enough to see into ourselves.

 U.S. participants at the 2016 Pride London

U.S. participants at the 2016 Pride London

 

It’s not enough to just see the diversity of others.

We must see ourselves.. IN the other. That’s not easy…

Walls are easy to build: just stand in one place and start stacking.

US participants at the 2016 Pride London

U.S. participants at the 2016 Pride London

Bridges are hard. You have to explore the other shore.

It takes work.  It also takes courage.

The very day she was murdered, Jo Cox was building bridges.

U.S. participants at the 2016 Pride London ride the Pride bus

U.S. participants at the 2016 Pride London ride the Pride bus

Together… we can choose to build them…. TOO.
Your example — here today — offers an important message to everyone hiding behind a wall of fear:

It’s time to come out!

Because we are many, and we are also one.

If I may ask your help once again: please come together now.

Let us stand as one in a short moment of silence – for those who are no longer with us.

[1 minute’s silence is held]
Thank you Pride, Thank you London.

Ambassador Barzun and other dignitaries stand for one minute’s silence during the 2016 London Pride march, Saturday 25 June 2016

Ambassador Barzun and other dignitaries stand for one minute’s silence during the 2016 London Pride march, Saturday 25 June 2016