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  • Tim Farron LGBT+ SSC 2012
    Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has tabled a parlimentary bill that would end the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. Talking about the bill, he said "The current law which bars sexually active gay men is scientifically and socially outdated, deeply and unjustly stigmatising, and urgently needs to change. In 2016 I cannot see why we can't support an evidence based approach. I hope my bill today is another stage in the long running campaign to deliver equality."

  • Article: Jan 14, 2016

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats today welcomed progress towards equality for trans and non-binary people, whilst cautioning that further work remains to be done to ensure the proposals are fully implemented.

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats chair Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett said "I welcome the commitment to review and continue the excellent work started out by LibDem former Minister Baroness Lynne Featherstone in her time as Minister for Equalities. We must not be complacent however, as much work remains to ensure the government acts on the recommendations of the report.

    Many of the proposed reforms in the report are topics that Liberal Democrats have campaigned on for many years, including allowing "X" Gender Markers on passports and removing medical obstacles when obtaining Legal Gender Recognition. I hope that the government can also extend the work done here and look further at the issues affecting non-binary and intersex people."

    Trans former parliamentary candidate Zoe O'Connell added: "Today's report is another step closer to equality for trans people, and I hope that the government will act swiftly both to resolve the breaches of the NHS's legal obligations on waiting times and to bring forward legislation on other issues without undue delay. I am however disappointed that the committee has remained timid in a number of areas, in particular failing to fully recognise the harms caused by the Spousal Veto and not endorsing the more progressive informed consent model of treatment.

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for reform in these and other areas, in line with party policy."

  • London Pride 2015 - Liz Barker, Lynne Featherstone, Caroline Pidgeon and Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
    Article: Jan 5, 2016

    It is an honour for me to be asked by the LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Executive to return to the post of Chair. I was previously Chair between 2010 - 2013, when our party, with allies from across the political spectrum, spearheaded the campaign for Same-Sex Marriage in England & Wales. Our colleagues in Scotland supported it there, but sadly Northern Ireland still lags behind. Trans people can still have their rights held to ransom through the spousal veto. Along with pensions, it is clear that there is still work to be done to make same-sex marriage truly equal in the UK.

  • Logo for the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers
    Article: Dec 17, 2015

    December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The day has been marked since 2003, in the aftermath of the Green River Killer in the USA.

    LGBT+ Lib Dems chair Dave Page said, "Violence against sex workers disproportionately affects LGBT+ sex workers, particularly trans ones. According to Transgender Europe, almost two-thirds of trans people murdered, whose profession was known, were sex workers. Sex workers are often seen as acceptable victims of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic violence, particularly as they are less likely to involve or be taken seriously by police. Whatever your views on sex work, this violence is unacceptable."

  • Article: Dec 1, 2015

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron MP has released a video for World AIDS Day with the National AIDS Trust. In it, he says:

    "So many of us are wearing the red ribbon at this time of year - 1st December, World AIDS Day. The first World AIDS Day was 1st December 1988. I was eighteen, I was one of the people who took part in that first event. It's very important for us to acknowledge that in the almost three decades since then, we've made huge strides forward in this country in terms of dealing with the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, but also about life expectancy and the whole medical front. Massive, massive strides forwards and all of us should proud of it.

  • Norman Lamb MP
    Article: Dec 1, 2015

    Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health, said: "The fact that more than 6,000 more people became infected with HIV in Britain in 2013 shows that our efforts to combat the virus are clearly not working.

    "It beggars belief that there is a drug which has been shown to be effective in preventing infection with the virus, but which has still not been made available on the NHS. We need to stop brushing the issue under the carpet and start to take HIV prevention seriously.

  • Liz Barker 2
    Article: Nov 24, 2015

    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.

  • Tim Farron Speaking
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    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.

  • 3D Rainbow Libby with crudely-drawn Christmas hat
    Article: Nov 17, 2015

    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 9, 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.

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