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Lib Dems "valuable campaigning allies" for trans rights

April 17, 2010 12:14 AM

A new study by Jane Fae on the party's stances on trans issues concludes that the Liberal Democrats are valuable allies for trans people. The article for Pink News states that the Tories "see trans issues as mostly medical and disregard the societal problems trans people face."

The Liberal Democrats recently launched their LGBT Manifesto for the upcoming General Election, which includes a pledge to broaden the legal definition of transgender as a self-identity rather than a medical condition. According to Fae, Labour's equality minister accepted that the debate should be in these terms. Labour did not pick up Lynne Featherstone's Lib Dem amendments to the Equality Act which would have included this change of definition.

The Liberal Democrats are promoting trans equality as a key part of our proud record on LGBT equality. Our Equality Act policy above is one of three key commitments used on our LGBT campaign postcards to demonstrate our record of action, and our Always Been There micro-site details the Lib Dems' longstanding commitment to trans people.

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