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  • Article: Nov 20, 2017

    Today we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. LGBT+ Lib Dems condemn all violence, but particularly and especially today the violence that takes so many innocent trans people from us before their time.

    It is the 20th year of TDoR this year, and LGBT+ LDs extend our love and sorrow to all the people on this year's list, their friends, families and loved ones, and the lists for all the previous 19 years too.

  • Willie Rennie
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP joined the other party leaders at Holyrood today in speaking out to welcome the formal apology and pardons for past prosecutions of gay and bisexual men that took place because of discriminatory laws.

    He said:

    Can I start by thanking the First Minister for making her statement and her apology on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is an important thing to do.

  • Party President Sal Brinton speaking on the Trans and Intersex Health motion in Bournemouth, 2015
    Article: Oct 26, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for equality law to be extended to include protections for intersex people. On 26th October, celebrated internationally as Intersex Awareness Day, the party's LGBT+ body has called for the Government to make intersex status a protected characteristic under equalities law.

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Winter Strategy Conference 2015
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    It's Lib Dem Autumn Conference in Bournemouth over the next few days. Here are the highlights of LGBT+ Lib Dems' plans for the next few days.

    Exhibition Stall. We will be at stand 17 in the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference 2017 Exhibition on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Join us to pick up our Members Handbook, to join or renew, to hear about what we've been up to this year, and to pick up paperwork ahead of our AGM on Sunday.

  • Campaigners holding the Bisexual flag
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    Stockport Town Hall debates how to serve bisexual residents most effectively tonight with a motion moved by Lib Dem councillor Lisa Smart.

    Welcoming the motion for debate, LGBT+ Lib Dems Chair Jennie Rigg said, "Too often in talking about 'LGBT' policy-makers concentrate on those first two letters. Ahead of Bi Visibility Day it is excellent to hear from Lib Dem councillors putting the focus firmly on the 'B' and the many ways bisexual people face specific challenges."

  • Article: Aug 25, 2017
    By Welsh Lib Dems

    Establishing a Gender Identity Clinic in Cardiff is a "long-overdue step towards equality" for trans people in Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said today.

    The Welsh Lib Dems were the first party to call for a GIC in Wales as part of their Assembly debate on transgender issues in November 2014, the first ever time trans issues were discussed at length by the Assembly.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2017

    This year Liberal Democrats celebrate a more open liberal society, with same-sex couples able to marry and now huge steps forward for gender recognition.

    The Liberal Party were the first party to host a gay rights fringe at party conference, and the first party to commit in a manifesto to equal rights - from equal age of consent, to serving in the military, to same-sex marriage to gender recognition Liberals and Liberal Democrats have led on this issue for decades. And on issues such as PrEP on the NHS; ending the spousal veto; inclusive, appropriate Sex and Relationship Education in schools; offering asylum and ending deportation to at risk countries we continue to lead into the future.

    Jennie Rigg, Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems said: "When we look back, even those supporting decriminalisation called homosexuality 'a disability' and 'a great weight of shame'. Bisexuals didn't even occur to them. Goddess knows what they'd think of all the diversity of sexuality we share today! It shows us how far we've come, how hard that fight has been, and how much further we still have to go."

    The Sexual Offences Act, 1967 received Royal Assent on 27 July fifty years ago.

    The Act was sponsored by Labour MP Leo Abse and Conservative Peer Lord Arran, and supported by Home Secretary Roy Jenkins, who went on to be a founder of the Liberal Democrats

    Coming 10 years after the Wolfenden Report had concluded that criminal law could not credibly intervene in the private sexual affairs of consenting adults in the privacy of their homes, this Act did not legalise gay sex, but introduced an exemption from prosecution for men over the age of 21 having sex in private.

    Men who have sex with men continued to be prosecuted for the remainder of the twentieth century, particularly for sex in public places ("cruising" and "cottaging") and under the unequal age of consent.

    It was not until 2003, after losing a case in the European Court of Human Rights, that the then Labour government were compelled to repeal the criminalisation of homosexual acts.

    Richard Flowers, Treasurer of LGBT+ said: "the '67 Act was not the beginning of LGBT liberation, and its eventual repeal was not the end. But it was a landmark. A step on the road out of oppression to the huge surge of acceptance seen in the last few years. We cannot forget the bravery of the people who walked that path for us."

  • PrEP on the NHS Graphic
    Article: Jul 18, 2017

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the beginning of a Welsh NHS PrEP pilot, which has been launched today (17th July 2017).

    Commenting, Welsh Lib Dem Equalities Spokesperson Cadan ap Tomos said;

    "The beginning of a three-year PrEP pilot in Wales is testament to the work and dedication of campaigners over many years in making the case for this life-saving drug to be made available on the NHS.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2017

    We note with regret the resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrats, and his comments outlining his personal difficulties in aligning private believes with public office.

    From the start of the election campaign Tim was hounded by both the media and high profile supporters of other parties who were intent on exposing and exploiting his assumed personal views, and isolating these from both the views of the party and his actions as both MP and Leader. By his own acknowledgement Tim failed to adequately answer such questions and they cast a shadow over the campaign. Nonetheless, LGBT+ Lib Dems were at the forefront of the efforts to defend Tim based on his proven track record of friendship and support for our rights.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    Because we Lib Dems believe that LGBT+ rights are human rights, a lot of the LGBT+ content in the manifesto (.pdf link) is spread out in the policy topic areas the manifesto covers. We like this, it means that LGBT+ rights are integral to our policies, not tacked on as an afterthought. However, it can make things easy to miss. In lieu of an index, therefore, our acting Chair Jennie Rigg has drawn it all together in one handy place, starting at the beginning:

Welcome to the website of LGBT+ Lib Dems. We are the Liberal Democrats' party organisation committed to promoting the policies of sexual and gender minorities - including gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people - and to ensuring that the party's policies address their needs.

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