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  • Liz Barker 2

    Liberal Democrat peer Liz Barker is due to question the government later today, Tuesday 24th November, on it's handling of transgender prisoners. The move follows the controversy over the case of Tara Hudson and the tragic death of Vicky Thompson whilst in prison last week. Oral questions start in the Lords at 2:30pm, with Baroness Barker's question expected at around 3pm.

    Article / Nov 24, 2015
  • Tim Farron Speaking

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron MP has called for urgent reform following the death of trans woman Vicky Thompson who was being held in a men's jail. Recently, Farron had also intervened in the case of Tara Hudson, along with Lib Dem peer Lord Marks. Baroness Liz Barker has tabled a question for discussion in the House of Lords, and there will also be an urgent quesion in the Commons at 11am.

    Article / Nov 20, 2015
  • 3D Rainbow Libby with crudely-drawn Christmas hat

    The Liberal Democrats have led the way on LGBT+ campaigning for decades, including our recent policy on trans and intersex rights. One way you can support our work is to help our Christmas Draw - there are some great prizes on offer including a £2,000 holiday voucher, and all money raised supports Lib Dem campaigning.

    Article / Nov 17, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat parlimentarians have been quizzing the government on transgender prisoners, following the news that Tara Hudson has finally been placed in the correct prison. The move follows interventions from a number of senior politicians including LibDem leader Tim Farron to ensure that Tara Hudson, who has lived her entire adult life as a woman, was not placed in a male prison.

    Article / Nov 9, 2015
  • Lib Dem mental health poster from 2014

    October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day for raising awareness and improving education about mental health. In Government, the Liberal Democrats put mental health on equal priority with physical health, and at the election we pledged a further £8bn for the NHS to help deliver this. Norman Lamb MP has written about the subject today, and this week the Welsh Liberal Democrats passed a motion in the Assembly calling for better mental health support in Wales, which you can support through this petition.

    Article / Oct 10, 2015
  • Jim Hume MSP

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today called on the Health Secretary to review support provided for Gender Identity Clinics (GICs) after new figures revealed the average waiting time for a first appointment at two of Scotland's GICs is more than a year.

    A report published this week by UK Trans Info included data on Scotland for the first time. The average waiting time experienced by people seen between May and July 2015 at the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow was 52 weeks. 69% of all new Scottish referrals to GICs during this period were to the Sandyford Clinic. At the Chalmers Clinic in Edinburgh, the average waiting time was 56 weeks.

    Article / Oct 5, 2015
  • Party President Sal Brinton speaking on the Trans and Intersex Health motion in Bournemouth, 2015

    At their Autumn conference in Bournemouth this morning, Liberal Democrat members overwhelmingly passed a motion making more action on on trans and intersex healthcare official party policy, including calling for a independent inquiry into widespread and systemic abuse of transgender people within the health service.

    Proposing the motion, which was submitted by LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, Sarah Noble said: "We just want the rights of everyone else. We want health care, free at the point of delivery. We want to be free from discrimination. We want to be able to change our names and our genders without unnecessary bureaucracy. We want our friends who don't identify completely as either male or female to be recognised. And we want our doctors to stop mutilating children."

    Sarah Brown, fellow LGBT+ LibDems Executive member also spoke, "The way the medical community treats both trans and intersex people betrays a medical community that has not learned from the decades it spent trying to "normalise" lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It has to stop, and it has to stop now."

    The debate also saw a contribution from party president Baroness Sal Brinton, who paid tribute to the work of Baroness Barker and former Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone in securing same-sex marriage and renewed calls for Liberal Democrats to work towards fully equal marriage.

    Article / Sep 21, 2015
  • Lib Dems parading at Manchester LGBT Pride 2011

    Local Lib Dems will be at multiple Pride events this weekend across the country, and party members and supporters are encouraged to join us and take part!

    The Lib Dems will be taking part in the Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday. There will be a photo opportunity for the group at 11:30am at Castlefield Roman Fort followed by the parade. The Lib Dems also have a social on Sunday at Tribeca to which all members and supporters are welcome. We'll have a stall in the Expo across the weekend, so please come and say hi and get involved in our Human Rights campaign - and if you can spare a couple of hours to meet other Pride goers at the Expo, please let us know!

    Article / Aug 28, 2015
  • Lynne Featherstone MP at a same-sex marriage vigil outside Parliament (Zöe O'Connell)

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have warmly welcomed the news that Lynne Featherstone, former Equalities Minister, is to join the Lib Dems team in the House of Lords. Lynne oversaw the initial stages of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act, and has been described as the "architect of same-sex marriage" by Pink News. After losing her seat in the 2015 General Election, Lynne was retained as a spokesperson by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron MP.

    Article / Aug 28, 2015
  • Lib Dem leader Tim Farron MP has recorded the following message for Brighton Pride:

    You can also see it directly on YouTube.

    Article / Aug 1, 2015

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