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  • Article: Apr 26, 2017

    Welsh Lib Dem Equalities spokesperson Cadan ap Tomos said;

    "Today's decision by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) is incredibly short sighted and will be a blow to those who have long campaigned for PrEP to be made available on the NHS.

    "It is also contradictory to the decision taken in Scotland, which became the first of the UK nations to approve the provision of PrEP by the NHS earlier this month."

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017
    By Jennie Rigg in HuffPost
    I've come across this a fair bit the last few days (can't think why it's been coming up *rolleyes*), and as it's a big frustration for LGBT+LDs I thought I'd better post about why.

    Lots of people high up in the campaigns department at LDHQ think it's great to say that "we achieved equal marriage". They think that because we campaigned for equal marriage, and the Same Sex Marriage Act passed, we should trumpet our achievement. They think that calling it Same Sex Marriage is bad "framing" and Equal Marriage sounds better*.

    The problem is that although we did campaign for equal marriage, we didn't get equal marriage. Here is a list of some of the things that remain unequal:
    • Northern Ireland. There is no recognition of same sex marriage there at all.

    • The Spousal Veto was a part of the Same Sex Marriage Act and actually made things worse for trans people. It's not extant in Scotland, but still applies in England and Wales.

    • Likewise, to get a gender recognition certificate prior to the Same Sex Marriage Act, if you were married, you were forced to have your marriage annulled, even if your spouse was supportive. These stolen marriages have never been restored, despite Same Sex Marriage now being legal.


    • The church of England and the church in Wales are legally prohibited from performing same sex marriage ceremonies. This is manifestly unequal for same sex couples who are adherents to the state religion.

    • Adultery and non-consummation. To commit adultery, you must have vaginal intercourse with a member of "the opposite sex". Yup, not only is the strict gender binary embedded in law, but so is the necessity for PIV to happen for it to count as sex. This is... problematic for people who do not adhere to the strict one man, one woman, no genderqueer people model of relationships. Non-consummation of marriage and adultery both rely on PIV sex. And sure, reasons you might split up don't apply at the moment of marriage, but not every marriage will last, and equity in the divorce courts is surely a consideration before we start calling it equal marriage?

    • The special requirements for registering premises for the conduct of non-CofE religious same-sex marriages are more restrictive than for opposite-sex marriages in religious premises. If the premises are shared by several small denominations - which is often the case with evangelical, African and pro-LGBT churches - every last one of the faith organisations which share the premises has to give their permission for the premises to be used for same-sex marriages. In effect, anti-gay churches have a veto over pro-gay churches.
    • There's no humanist marriage in England and Wales (despite the best efforts of the lovely Julian Huppert) - which affects both mixed sex and same sex couples, but still means that humanists are second class citizens (unless they live in Scotland). Equal marriage should be equal for all beliefs (and lack thereof) as well as for all genders and sexualities.
    Now, imagine you are one of the people who is affected by one of these things. Imagine you have been faithful to your partner for decades, and you've finally been allowed to marry under this legislation, and you retire loving and happy, only to discover that your pension rights are not equal.

    Imagine you are a trans person, and your spouse has been supportive all along, and first you had your marriage stolen because that had to happen for you to get your gender recognition certificate, and when that happened you got a civil partnership because that was the best that was available and you loved your spouse, and then when same sex marriage came in you had to get married for a third time to convert your civil partnership into a marriage, and you'd meantime been supporting other people going through transition and the spousal veto had applied to some of those people... How would you feel in that situation if you were told that we'd achieved Equal Marriage?

    Imagine you were the chair of an LGBT+ campaigning organisation. Imagine trying to persuade people that there are still inequaiities that need to be corrected, that people are still suffering injustices that need to be righted, that work still needs to be done, when everybody says but we achieved Equal Marriage, didn't we? What are you fussing about?

    Imagine trying to persuade other LGBT+ people to vote for your party, when they can look at what your party is saying about "equal marriage" and think but they are completely tone deaf to the actual concerns of LGBT+ people, or else they would know that 'equal' marriage is nothing but!

    For anybody, in any of those situations, Lib Dems trumpeting we achieved equal marriage! is going to feel like a proper slap in the face. It's going to feel like the inequalities and injustices that you suffer do not matter to Lib Dems. Equal Marriage, as framing, makes a very ugly picture indeed if you are suffering from one of the unequal effects of the Same Sex Marriage Act.

    Please, please, please, for the love of Cthulhu, if you are a Lib Dem, stop saying we achieved equal marriage. We achieved same sex marriage. There's still a way to go before it's equal. Our leader gets this. Please get it too.



    * NB: Our Glorious Leader is not one of these people, and completely gets everything I am posting about here, and that's yet another reason why I get annoyed with partisan Labour types going BUT TIM HATES THE GAYS!!!!! at me. Apart from anything else the conflation of gay rights andLGBT+ rights is infuriating.
  • Article: Apr 19, 2017
    By Jennie Rigg in HuffPost

    Dear media people,

    I see that, thanks to Cathy Newman's interview last night, the thorny theological topic of Sin has raised its ugly head once more.

    Let me get this right out in the beginning: I don't give a fig what Tim Farron's religious beliefs are. You know why? Because I am a Liberal. He could believe the sky is made from Puff the Magic Dragon's bumfluff, and I wouldn't care one jot, whit or iota. What I do care about, and care deeply about, is

  • Tim Farron LGBT+ SSC 2012
    Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Commenting on reports that Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These reports from Chechnya are truly horrifying, and represent an extreme manifestation of increasing homophobic brutality and intolerance in Putin's Russia.

    "The UK government must strongly condemn this disgusting violence, and use every possibly opportunity to raise this with the Russian government, as well as in the UN and other international bodies.

    "The UK must work with those who share our values to stop the mindless targeting of the LGBT community, which is still prevalent in too many countries across the world. Only through defending universal human rights will we ever hope to achieve a world in which every person can live, work and flourish without discrimination.

    "It is disappointing that Boris Johnson has failed to stand up for these people by not visiting Russia after Trump told him to stay at home."

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Apr 5, 2017

    UK passports should allow people to define themselves as "X" as an alternative to male or female, Stonewall have said today. This is in keeping with Lib Dem policy from 2014 and campaigns from before that.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Equalities Secretary Lorely Burt said: "I'm glad to see the Government has finally accepted that a review into the GRA is overdue. However, we don't need another review to tell us that x passports should be introduced.

  • Cadan ap Tomas, Welsh Lib Dems
    Article: Apr 5, 2017

    The Welsh Government has announced a new HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men (MSM), to rolled-out across Wales from 1st April.

    The vaccine is being offered to all MSM up to 45 years of age who attend sexual health clinics, following a recommendation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

  • Article: Mar 14, 2017

    There were almost 5,000 same-sex marriages in the year equal marriage was introduced, new figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

    The figures show there were 4,850 marriages between same-sex couples in 2014, 44% (2,129) between male couples and 56% (2,721) between female couples. In total 1 in 46 marriages that year were between same-sex couples.

  • Stephen Williams promoting the Stop Homophobic Bullying campaign
    Article: Feb 9, 2017

    LGBT+ Lib Dems have welcomed the announcement that the former MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, is to contest the West of England Metro Mayor election for the party.

    Stephen is a former Vice President of the organisation and has a long track record of being a campaigner on LGBT+ issues, including leading for the party during the legislative stages of the Same Sex Marriage Bill.

  • Tim Farron LGBT+ SSC 2012
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    This month, as we mark LGBT History Month we must recognise the "countless" contribution of campaigners who have fought prejudice, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    Tim Farron said: "LGBT History Month is a celebration of the LGBT community and a recognition of the countless contributions of campaigners who have been drivers of change in fighting prejudice and hate in all its forms.

    "This year also marks an important milestone in gay British History, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of male homosexuality. The LGBT movement has made great progress in the last few decades but we should never become complacent in tackling discrimination and intolerance.

    "I am proud to lead a party that is accepting of anyone, regardless of their race, faith, gender, background or sexual orientation. The Liberal Democrats will always stand with the community in building and safeguarding a society that is open, tolerant and united.

    "Thank you to everyone involved in organising this year's celebrations and I wish you all an enjoyable month ahead."

  • Lily Summers (Lily Summers, Twitter)
    Article: Dec 19, 2016

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats are saddened to hear of the death of Swansea Labour Students chair and trans activist Lily Summers.

    Lily was a dear friend to many members of LGBT+ Lib Dems, and was a fearless campaigner for liberal politics inside and outside of her own party. Her tireless passion transcended political boundaries and made her an inspiration to others. She will sorely be missed.

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