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  • Rainbow Flag Shaded Liberal Democrat Bird of Liberty
    Article: Aug 4, 2022

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, alongside the LGBT groups of the other main political parties, have today sent a joint open letter about the rapid increase in monkeypox infections in the UK to the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.

    Monkeypox infections remain disproportionately among gay, bi and other men who have sex with men, and three quarters of known infections in the UK are in London.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2022

    Having a Lib Dem presence at your local Pride festival for the first time? Or want to improve on how it ran last time?

    With over 150 Prides in the UK this year, we have a training event coming up with the Association of Lib Dem Councillors & Campaigners to make the most of taking part in your local Pride.

  • Lib Dem ban conversion therapy now
    Article: Jun 28, 2022

    We are delighted to publish a template motion for use in Town Halls up and down the country.

    In collaboration with ALDC, the Lib Dem Councillors and Campaigners network, this motion is based on a motion from councillors in Portsmouth.

    It, or a locally adapted version, could be put forward by councillors anywhere else. If you're a local Lib Dem councillor we encourage you to table it at your local town hall.

  • Online Training
    Article: Jun 27, 2022

    Are you a Lib Dem Councillor? Would you like to know more about how can you support LGBT+ people in your council ward and local area from the Council Chamber?

    We're hosting a joint webinar later this week with the Association of Lib Dem Councillors and Campaigners ALDC to discuss how Liberal Democrat Councillors can support the LGBT+ community!

  • Alex Cole-Hamilton headshot
    Article: May 23, 2022

    Scottish Lib Dems leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP welcomed the news that the Church in Scotland voted to bless same-sex weddings today.

    He tweeted, "This is lovely. Well done to the Kirk."

    The Church of Scotland becomes the largest faith group solemnising same-sex marriage in the UK, alongside the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, the Unitarians and the Quakers.

  • Article: May 17, 2022

    Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

    Many Lib Dems have sent messages of support including tweets like these:

  • LGBT History talk: Bernard Greaves
    Article: May 13, 2022

    This year as part of marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia we will be having a history talk.

    We can only understand where we are now in LGBT liberation through understanding where we have been, and there are striking parallels between the battles of the past and the present.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2022

    Yesterday was Trans Day of Visibility. It's a day for celebrating trans and non-binary people in all walks of life and making clear our commitment to delivering justice for all Trans people. As Mermaids said in one of their posts on the day: ally is a verb. We need to step up.

    Sadly, the day was brought to a close by something that likely won't come as a surprise to members of Plus: a Government betrayal over LGBT+ rights. After more than a thousand days of dither and delay on the conversion therapy ban, it emerged that the Government had planned to drop the ban later this year. Our equalities Parliamentary Spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse, condemned this as "not just another U-turn from the Tories, but giving the green light to a form of torture".

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Summer Strategy conference 2013
    Article: Mar 8, 2022

    It's Spring Lib Dem Federal Conference this weekend, running from Friday through to Sunday evening.

    LGBT+ Lib Dems' fringe meeting kicks things off for the weekend on Friday at 17.40.

    It is titled "Why are LGBT+ rights falling backwards, and what can you do?"

    Meeting Outline: Foot dragging on conversion therapy, hostile media environment, disappointing news from the EHRC, and slipping down the international rankings - what is happening to LGBT+ rights in the UK? Hear from a range of experts and learn what YOU can do.

  • Tim Farron LGBT+ SSC 2012
    Article: Feb 3, 2022

    Tim Farron intervened in the debate on the Nationality and Borders Bill to highlight the situation facing LGBT refugees.

    Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale said:

    The Nationality and Borders Bill is a peculiarly awful piece of legislation, designed to solve problems that do not exist, ignore problems that do, and play to a gallery rather than seek to make a difference. The negative impact that this Bill will have on LGBTQ+ asylum seekers is a prime example of what is wrong with the Bill. LGBTQ+ people will be disproportionately affected by clause 11, which is the Government's choice to differentiate on the basis of method of entry into the United Kingdom. They are much more likely, as we have heard, to be categorised as group 2 refugees, and experience second-class treatment at best…

    The reality is that creating a second tier of refugee, which the Government sometimes refer to as "illegal route"-there is no such thing as an illegal refugee-is in contravention of international agreements on the matter…

    Cameroon, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and Uganda-these are the most common countries of origin for people claiming asylum on the basis of their sexuality. They are also countries where many individuals are persecuted because of their sexual orientation, but they are not seen as areas of conflict or instability and as such do not warrant inclusion in the UK resettlement scheme. As the hon. Gentleman just mentioned, as a result, those people will be treated as second-class asylum seekers… Those fleeing those countries can therefore come here only by the so-called illegal routes-irregular, informal routes.

    It is important to recognise that even if those people were in a region where they could access the UK resettlement scheme, they may still remain at risk, due to their sexuality, in neighbouring countries that they would pass through on the way to safety, which for other refugees might be places of safety. They would obviously prefer to move on to safety rather than wait in camps in a country that is unsafe for them. Further to that, it is highly likely that LGBTQ+ people will not feel safe coming forward and identifying themselves as a person eligible for resettlement… The Government's choice to penalise further the late production of evidence will disproportionately impact LGBT people. It is therefore wrong.


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