Manifesto 2019:Tackle Poverty and Inequality - Women and Equalities - LGBT+ Equality

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LGBT+ Equality

Labour has a proud history of standing shoulder to shoulder with LGBT+ people. We abolished Section 28, equalised the age of consent, created civil partnerships, and only with Labour votes could equal marriage become law. Labour is committed to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to introduce self-declaration for transgender people, but we are not complacent about the culture shift required to make LGBT+ inclusivity a reality. The Conservatives have been slow to understand the scale of abuse and discrimination LGBT+ people continue to face in our society.

Labour will eliminate remaining areas of discrimination in law, ensuring that LGBT+ people can live in safety and dignity.

We will:

  • Put LGBT+ equality at the heart of government, ensuring our public services are LGBT+ inclusive and delivering on the national LGBT Action Plan.
  • Take steps to safeguard LGBT+ rights inside or outside the EU, such as retaining and promoting the Human Rights Act.
  • Tackle the homelessness and rough sleeping crisis in the UK, ensuring that all strategies and services are tailored to understand needs unique to LGBT+ homeless people, particularly young people who make up a disproportionate number of our currently homeless people.
  • Provide sufficient funding for schools to deliver mandatory LGBT+ inclusive relationships and sex education.
  • Fully fund sexual health services and roll out PrEP medication.
  • Respond fast and firmly wherever LGBT+ people face violence or persecution internationally and appoint a dedicated global ambassador to the Foreign Office on LGBT+ issues.

Labour will work with organisations and charities already making the UK a more equal and fairer society and together we will build a country for the many, not the few.