Saturday, May 01, 2010

Labour's record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality

Just got this leafet today, thought I would share it with you

It says

The Labour Party is committed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans equality, and has led the world in equality legislation. Since coming to power in 1997 Labour has done more for the advancement of LGBT equality than any other period in history!

Since Labour became Government it has

* Brought in an equal age of consent (16 years old for everyone)
* Scrapped the Tories homophobic Section 28 (Clause 2a in Scotland)
* Ended the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces
* Created civil partnerships, allowing same-sex couples to have loving relationships recognised with the same rights as married couples
* Ended discrimination against same-sex partners for immigration purposes
* Enabled LGBT couples to be considered for adopting children
* Banned discrimination in the workplace and training through the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations
* Outlawed discrimination in use of goods and services (with no exceptions)
* Created the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which gives LGBT peopel statutory body protection
* Included homophobia in the definition of hate crimes
* Ensured statutory rights for fertility treatment for Lesbians on the NHS
* Increased sentencing for homophobic hate crimes
* Removed outdated offences such as gross indecency
* Produced and implemented the Gender Recognition Act allowing Trans people to have their true gender recognised in law
* Made it illegal to discriminate on partnership status - meaning partners in a civil partnership have the same rights as married couples
* Campaigned in the UN for the decriminilisation of homosexuality focusing on the nine countries where it is still punishable by death
* Opposed homophobic abuse and legislation around the world
* Delivered a programme of support for LGBT rights through our embassies, focusing on decriminalisation, protecting human rights and promoting health and education.

The Tories (and David Cameron) voted against much of this

For more information on this subject contact LGBT Labour

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