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  • Baroness Liz Barker and other Parliamentarians mark IDAHOBIT 2016
    Article: May 17, 2016

    On Tuesday 17th May, we as a international community recognise that people facing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination and harassment wherever it exists is not acceptable and has to be fought against in every possible way.

    It is something we should be challenging every day of the year. The consequences to individuals are life-threatening, whether that's execution or imprisonment in 78 countries across the world, or the pervasive grind of bullying in the classroom, workplace or sports field. We must remove discrimination to enable people to lead their lives to be free, loved and respected whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • North West Liberal Democrats logo
    Article: Apr 19, 2016

    At its recent regional conference, North West Lib Dems passed policy in support of the provision of PrEP both locally and nationally.

    The conference sets policy for the Lib Dems in the North West, including Greater Manchester and Merseyside which have or soon will have devolved powers over health and social care. LGBT+ Lib Dems vice-chair Dave Page, who is from the North-West and proposed the motion, said "The Liberal Democrats are leading the fight for evidence-based access to PrEP at every level where there is political influence over health and social care.

  • Welsh Lib Dems 2016 LGBT+ manifesto graphic
    Article: Apr 18, 2016
    In Welsh Liberal Democrats website

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have pledged to "deliver a Wales that works for you, regardless of your sexuality or gender" as they launch a range of policies for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in Wales.

    Click here to read the manifesto in full.

    The policies include:

    • Improving sex and relationships education, and embedding gender and sexuality awareness training in teacher training courses
    • Establishing a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales
    • Creating publically-funded LGBT+ safe housing
    • Ensuring parity of esteem between mental and physical health in the NHS, as mental ill health disproportionately affects LGBT+ people
    • Making PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) medication available to men who have sex with men and others at high risk of contracting HIV
    • Extending the HPV vaccination programme to cover adolescent boys
  • Baroness Hussein-Ece and Adrian Trett
    Article: Mar 3, 2016

    Following a reception in the House of Commons Tuesday 1 March 2016 evening, hosted by Sarah Campion MP, to speak to members of the Board of Trustees for Broken Rainbow, LGBT+ Lib Dems can report the good news that funding of the UK's only national LGBT domestic abuse charity Broken Rainbow will be extended until 2016/2017. This follows a question asked by our Equalities spokesperson, Baroness Hussein-Ece in the House of Lords.

  • 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.

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