Welsh party Plaid Cyrmu has launched PlaidPride, an affiliated group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

The party announced the new group at its spring conference in Cardiff last weekend.

PlaidPride’s Carl Harris said the party had always had a “warm welcome for everyone”.

He added: ” It’s about time people’s perceptions caught up with the reality. Unfortunately there are many who have the wrong perception of Plaid and part of this group’s remit will be to change that.

“Labour is a spent force and the Conservatives may have changed their clothes, but their record, even recently, shows clearly that they are the last people to be trusted when it comes to the rights of gay and lesbian people. Plaid is now the only true progressive force in Welsh politics, and we have a record to be proud of.”

The launch was attended by Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins.

Ms Jenkins said: “I am very pleased that we have taken the step of launching PlaidPride so that we can get our message across to more people. Some people still have an image of Plaid as a traditional party only for those who come from rural and Welsh speaking Wales, but that has never been the case.

“We are a party for everyone and PlaidPride will help us to communicate with a segment of the population who have had limited contact with Plaid Cymru in the past.”