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  • Dave Page
    Article: Dec 31, 2019

    Following the civil partership of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan today, LGBT+ Liberal Democrats welcome the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships in England and Wales.

    Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, Dave Page, said:

    "The Liberal Democrats sought to introduce civil partnerships for all couples in 2002 through Lord Lester's Private Members Bill. That Bill was withdrawn at the request of the Government of the day, who watered it down as a separate institution for same-sex couples only in 2004. When the Liberal Democrats introduced Same-Sex Marriage in 2013, we sought to make Civil Partnerships open to mixed-sex couples too, but these amendments were not successful.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2019

    Today we stand together as a global community to mark World AIDS Day.

    AIDS is a global health challenge and there are currently more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK.

    As a nation, we have made great strides in minimising the physical, psychological and societal impact of HIV. And thanks to the hard work of researchers, our understanding of HIV has grown significantly.

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Nov 13, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will implement reform of the Gender Recognition Act as a priority, after the Conservative Government failed to bring forward measures despite promises to do so.

    Under the plans, to be included in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, the Act will be amended to make the gender recognition process simpler and fairer, by:

  • Bi Visibility Day 2018 - Northwest Liberal Democrats
    Article: Sep 23, 2019

    On Bi Visibility Day, our exec member Holly writes:

    Our culture presumes everyone is either heterosexual or homosexual. But like most binaries, this misses out a lot of people (as Lib Dems, we're probably all sick of being treated like we're either "Tories really" or "Labour really"). This is one reason 23 September is celebrated as Bi Visibility Day.

  • Dr Phillip Lee MP, and Holly Matthies of the LGBT+ Lib Dems executive, at the LGBT+ Lib Dems stall, Bournemouth Conference 2019
    Article: Sep 19, 2019

    During the Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth, members of the LGBT+ Liberal Democrat Executive met with Dr Phillip Lee MP, Equalities Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP, and Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael MP. Also present in a personal capacity was our former Chair, Jennie Rigg.

    We raised our concerns, those of LGBT+ communities and the party membership on how the events of the last few weeks were dealt with by the parliamentary party. We expressed the hurt felt by LGBT+ communities about the alienating history of experience with the medical and political establishments. The use of appropriate language was also discussed.

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    Article: Sep 13, 2019

    LGBT+ Lib Dems will be at Federal Autumn Conference 2019. Here are the events we are organising:

    Panel Discussion: LGBT+? Are you getting the services you need?

    Saturday, 20.15-21.30, Baywiew Room 2, BIC
    An opportunity to discuss the state of provision for health and social services for the LGBT+ community, such as PrEP on the NHS, positive health outcomes for trans people and preventing isolation in old age.
  • Zoe O'Connell, Sarah Brown and Jennie Rigg
    Article: Sep 7, 2019

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats is the party's constitutionally recognised, democratically elected body for LGBT+ people. Our first aim as an organisation is "to ensure that the policies of the party and the actions of its members are compatible with the needs of sexual and gender minorities".

    Over the years, "Plus" has kept the Lib Dems at the forefront of the fight for LGBT+ liberation. During my time on the Executive alone, we've made sure the party has the right policy on blood donations based on Science not Stigma; on supporting LGBT+ asylum seekers from countries which would imprison, torture or kill them; on reform of the Gender Recognition Act to remove bureaucratic gatekeeping; to make HIV prevention drugs available on the NHS; and of course on Same-Sex Marriage. We've helped local parties run presences at Pride events around the UK, supported candidates in General Elections, and engaged with the LGBT+ press.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2019

    Unfortunately, LGBT+ Liberal Democrats were not informed of Phillip Lee's defection before it had happened. Given our party both welcomes immigrants and supports making PrEP available on the NHS throughout the UK, we are very troubled by his previous public voting record and views on same-sex marriage, HIV and providing drugs for conditions he views as lifestyle choices.

  • Layla Moran MP (greenlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Aug 12, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference is to debate delivering equal marriage - five years after same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales thanks to Liberal Democrats in the coalition government.

    The policy motion calls for the repeal of the 'spousal veto' and for same-sex marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

  • John Leech and Adrian Trett campaigning for a Turing pardon
    Article: Jul 16, 2019

    Liberal Democrats have celebrated the announcement that computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note.

    It was the campaign by the Liberal Democrats, led by John Leech, the former MP for Manchester Withington, which eventually led to Alan Turing's posthumous pardon.

    Following the announcement, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

    "Alan Turing made an immeasurable contribution to our country.

    "Not only is he the father of modern computing, but the work that was done at Bletchley Park in cracking the German Enigma Machine saved countless lives in bringing the war to an end.

    "He was for an important period of time also a resident in my Twickenham constituency when he worked at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington.

    "Today's announcement is monumental in recognising the invaluable work he did. It is also an important reminder of a part of our history where prejudice and blatant bigotry were enshrined in law.

    "In honouring him today, we must also remember that bigotry and discrimination leads to a terrible waste of talent for society as a whole."

    Welcoming today's news, Turing pardon architect John Leech said:

    "It is almost impossible to put into words the difference that Alan Turing made to society, but perhaps the most poignant example is that his work is estimated to have shortened the war by four years and saved up to 21 million lives.

    "I'm absolutely delighted that Turing will be the face of the new £50 note and I hope it will go some way to acknowledging his unprecedented contribution to society and science.

    "But more importantly I hope it will serve as a stark and rightfully painful reminder of what we lost in Turing, and what we risk when we allow that kind of hateful ideology to win."


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