This general election comes at a critical time for our country and for the LGBT community. This year marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised yet with the rise of LGBT hate crime, an NHS in crisis and a Tory Party intent on a hard Brexit we cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to protecting our hard fought for rights and freedoms.
We want a Britain where no LGBT person is held back or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and we want a world where LGBT people can live free from persecution. This is why we have focused our election pledges around the three key ares of Health and Wellbeing, Education and Justice.
Justice at home and abroad for the LGBT Community
- Create an International LGBT envoy to promote and encourage LGBT equality across the world, who won’t be afraid to speak out against violence and discrimination in places like Chechnya.
- Change the protected characteristics within the Equality Act to include gender identity, which will increase current protection and include non-binary and other gender variations.
- Extend anti-discrimination law to prevent community discrimination to ensure all are equal before the law and an LGBT hate crime is treated as an aggravated offence.
- Put in place mandatory training for the police around homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and encourage third-party reporting
Education to drive acceptance and understanding
- Develop an inclusive and age-appropriate system of Sex and Relationship Education that will be compulsory for all children within all state-funded schools.
- Equip teachers to tackle homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying in schools and to take a zero-tolerance approach.
Focusing on LGBT health and wellbeing
- Reduce waiting times for access to hormone treatment to 6-9 months.
- Ensure continuing professional development for doctors and medical professionals in best practice surrounding gender identity treatments and the treatment of LGBT people generally.
- Instill a zero-tolerance approach for prejudice towards LGBT people within the National Health Service.
- Work towards universal provision of PrE