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"I support gay marriage. Love is the same, straight or gay, so the civil institution should be the same, too. All couples should be able to make that commitment to one another."
- Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats - Pink News, 17 Feb 2010.

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  • Sir Graham Watson MEP
    Article: Dec 11, 2013

    India's Supreme Court today ruled to re-criminalise same-sex intercourse. This major human rights setback means citizens in the 1.2 billion-strong nation can again be arrested and prosecuted on the basis of consensual same-sex activity.

    In July 2009, the Delhi High Court had ruled the colonial-era sodomy law unconstitutional. In Naz Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, it argued that Section 377, which banned "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal", was in direct violation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

    The Supreme Court overturned the Delhi High Court decision, re-criminalising consensual same-sex with potential imprisonment for life.

    Supreme Court judges argued today this change was up to Parliament to make, not a High Court. However, activists fear Parliament will not legislate on this issue in the near future.

    Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson, Chair of the EU-India Parliamentary Delegation and Member of the LGBT Intergroup, reacted: "It is shameful that this colonial law, which we Britons are sadly responsible for, will enter into force again."

    "I call on our colleagues in the Parliament of India to take bold and urgent action, and finally repeal Section 377 for good."

  • A pair of wedding rings (small) (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Dec 10, 2013

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have welcomed the confirmation that the first Same-Sex Marriages in England and Wales will be able to take place from 29 March 2014 onwards.

    Adrian Trett, LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Chair, said "Today's announcement confirms, after some delay, when the new legislation will take effect. Same-sex partners can now set dates for their planned weddings and ensure that families and friends have those dates saved well in advance too.

  • Giles Goodall speaking at the launch of the LBGT equality network
    Article: Dec 2, 2013

    Liberal politicians and activists from around Europe came together in London this week to launch a new network to campaign for LGBT rights. The inaugural meeting of the 'Liberals for Equality' group took place at the 2013 European Liberal Congress, hosted by the Liberal Democrats in Canary Wharf.

    The new network will bring together campaigners from Europe's liberal parties to promote LGBT rights across the continent. Its objectives are to campaign, educate, stimulate debate and provide support to liberal equality campaigners. Its formation is timed to coincide with the run-up to the European parliamentary elections in May.

  • Nick Clegg MP
    Article: Nov 30, 2013

    The Deputy Prime Minister, and Liberal Democrat leader, is calling on the nation to show support for people living with HIV, improve their understanding of the condition, and show their commitment to tackling HIV on Worlds AIDS Day, this Sunday 1 December.

    The #FactUp campaign asks people to learn five simple facts about HIV in the UK. They have been put together by the National AIDS Trust to encourage people to think differently about HIV:

  • Article: Nov 30, 2013

    It's over 30 years since the first cases of HIV were officially diagnosed in this country. During that time, huge strides have been made in treatment and prevention - yet many myths still persist.

    That's a problem. Because it creates stigma, leads to discrimination and means some people don't get tested early enough to receive effective treatment and prevent the infection of others.

  • swinson
    Article: Nov 20, 2013

    An initiative to help drive out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools was launched today by Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson, during Anti-Bullying Week.

    Jo Swinson said:"Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying has serious consequences - it can affect children's well-being, lead to poor educational performance and prevent them getting ahead in life.

    "It's completely unacceptable that young people are experiencing this type of derogatory treatment.

    "This new project will help us to fully understand the issues and develop effective, evidence-based tools and best practice that will help schools and others to stamp out this harmful behaviour."

    Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, Adrian Trett, added: "Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia at school and college, at home and in wider society has blighted the lives of so many people. A loss both to wider society and in each individual story. It goes on long after individual incidents - affecting education, career, health, relationships, so many parts of life.

    "And this is a problem not just for lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people - despite what they might claim, bullies don't have powerful gaydar and many straight cisgender young people suffer too.

    "As schools have started tackling these issues in recent years I'm delighted that the government, thanks to Lib Dem pressure, will be working to identify and spread best practice."

    Latest statistics from Stonewall reveal that, in 2012, more than half (55 per cent) of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people surveyed said they experienced homophobic bullying at school, while over two-thirds (68 per cent) reported that they heard homophobic language often or frequently. Only three in ten (31 per cent) said their school responds quickly to homophobic bullying when it occurs.

    The new project, announced by the Government today, seeks to understand fully how to reduce the prevalence and impact of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among school-age children and young people. To kick start this programme of work, organisations are being invited to bid for funding to conduct a full review of all the available evidence and existing practices currently in place in schools to tackle this issue.

    The new initiative will build on action the Government has already taken to tackle bullying in schools including publishing updated advice and guidance for schools and governing bodies; and giving schools greater legal powers to tackle bad behaviour and cyber-bullying.

  • Jo Swinson MP
    Article: Nov 20, 2013

    Today, November 20th, is the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

    Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson MP said, "Transgender day of remembrance is a day to reflect on the disproportionate levels of violence suffered by transgender people around the world.

    "Our thoughts today are with the transgender community and those who mourn the loss of loved ones."

    Cllr Sarah Brown, chair of the LGBT+ Lib Dems Trans Working Group, added, "The picture painted by the sheer number of deaths of trans people worldwide is a bleak one indeed, and this only reflects the picture in countries where these are reported.

    "It is the responsibility of politicians of all parties and in all countries to work towards ending violence against trans people."

    The Trans Respect Monitoring Project released figures last week noting that at least 238 trans people have been murdered across the world in the past 12 months.

  • Jim Hume MSP
    Article: Nov 20, 2013

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has welcomed today's vote on the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill as a historic step forward for equality in Scotland.

    Mr Hume was speaking after the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of equal marriage after the stage 1 debate on the new legislation, by 98 votes to 15.

    He said: "Today's vote was a big step forward for equality and a move towards the fairer Scotland that we all want to see.

    "The principle we are debating here is very simple. Same-sex partners do not love one another any less than other couples. Their relationships deserve the same recognition and protections as any other.

    "The word 'historic' is often thrown around far too easily in politics, but this was a genuinely historic day for Scotland. Today's vote was not just on a bill. It was on the principle of a fundamental reform that will demonstrate clearly that our Scottish society values everyone - no matter their sexuality."

  • Willie Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
    Article: Nov 20, 2013

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that Equal Marriage could not come too soon for Scotland ahead of the stage 1 debate of the Marriage and Civil Partnerships Bill (Scotland).

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "Equal Marriage cannot come too soon for Scotland. It is wrong that people should be discriminated against simply because of they happen to be in love with someone of the same sex.

  • Adrian Trett at the LGBT+ Lib Dems Summer Strategy Conference 2012
    Article: Nov 12, 2013

    Following an all-member ballot, LGBT+ Lib Dems have elected our new Executive for 2014.

    It is as follows:
    Chair Ed Fordham, Secretary Holly Matthies, Treasurer Jen Yockney.
    General Members of the Executive: Zoe O'Connell, Rodney Berman, Dave Page, Sarah Brown, Paul Trollope, Nicholas Coombes, Stephen Glenn, Gina Dungworth and Lee Dargue.

    Commiserations to Jake Basford and Don Harrison who were defeated in the election to the Executive.

    Adrian Trett, Outgoing Chair LGBT+ Liberal Democrats said, "Firstly, thank you to everyone that voted in our internal elections. It is always good to ensure democracy permeates throughout all levels of our party and electing a new Chair and set of Ordinary Executive members is key to the organisation continuing our good work of recent years both internally within the party, and furthering our external developments and networks.

    "Therefore, I am delighted to announce that the Chair elect for 2014 is Ed Fordham, someone who will continue to develop the organisation in a professional manner and his added campaigning skills will further enhance our capacity.

    "My commiserations to Zoe O'Connell who also stood to be Chair, but I am delighted she will be back on the Executive along with all the other eight successful candidates."

    Adrian added, "I look forward to seeing them all at our Winter Strategy Conference in London in January at Lib Dem HQ, where our new Chair will set out the way forward for 2014.

    "Finally, I would like to add my thanks to everyone who has served on the Executive during the past three and a half years under my chairmanship. Everyone in their own way has added to the development of the organisation and I hope this will continue to be the case under the new Chair in the year to come."

    Our Co-Presidents, Baroness Barker and Lord Paddick say, "We wish the new Chair Ed Fordham and the new Executive well in their endeavours for 2014. We are ready to support and campaign in our roles as Co-Presidents to ensure that LGBT+LD continues to lead the campaign for equality in a stronger, fairer society."

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