Home Office Equalities Minister, Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone today set out the Government's plans to tackle homophobia and transphobia and promote equal rights for all. Speaking to the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) LGBT conference ahead of Pride London 2010, Lynne stressed that the battle for equality is far from over and promised that the Coalition Government would do everything in its power to protect LGBT people from discrimination.
She highlighted the Government's plan of action for the LGBT communities - the first of its kind to be published by any British government - which includes commitments to support businesses in protecting LGB and T people from discrimination in the workplace and tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone said: "The Government is 100% committed to completing the journey to full LGB and T equality. We have made clear our determination to tackle discrimination and make this country a more tolerant, equal and fair place for everybody.
"We are committed to taking action to support LGB and T people, including changing the law so that historical convictions for consensual gay sex with over 16s won't be disclosed on a criminal record check, and using our international influence to speak out against human rights abuses and for unequivocal support for gay rights.
"Changing culture is never going to be an easy task but it must be our ultimate goal if we are to achieve full LGB and T equality. I promise you Government will do their bit."