LGBT Manifesto Launched

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:15
Today sees the launch of an LGBT Manifesto, produced by a network of LGBT Chief Officers. The Manifesto calls upon all UK political parties to embrace key community messages and sign up to two key community asks. You can find the Manifesto here.

The passing of equality & same-sex marriage legislation in England, Wales & Scotland were hugely significant turning points in LGBT equality, both in terms of rights, and of the increased visibility of LGBT people. However, there is still a long way to go in ensuring full equality for LGBT people in the UK, particularly in relation to Northern Ireland and also less visible groups such as: bisexual, trans and non-binary people; BME LGBT people; older LGBT people; LGBT youth; LGBT immigrants and asylum seekers; and LGBT people who are mentally or physically disabled.

The LGBT Chief Executives Network, facilitated by LGBT Consortium, have produced this manifesto. It should be read alongside the trans manifesto produced by the Trans Organisations Network which can be found here.

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive at LGBT Consortium say, "We have come along way in terms of rights for LGB&T people, but work still remains to ensure every LGB&T person can lead a full and healthy life. Chief Executives of LGBT organisations across the United Kingdom share this common vision and have translated this into key messages and actions. The hope is that all political parties will recognise the importance of these messages and respond by pledging real action."

The LGBT Manifesto includes two key asks: to ensure all children and young people leave school with a thorough understanding of gender & sexual diversity; and to improve the mental health of LGBT people through greater awareness raising of the issues faced, with better access to public services.

The Manifesto has been actively supported by over 30 LGBT Chief Executives.


 

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