Stonewall today welcomed publication of a new Equality Bill.
The Bill will simplify and update what is currently a complex framework of equality laws, making it easier for individuals and organisations to understand and access the law in one place. The Bill will level up legal safeguards, addressing gaps in protection where they remain.
The proposed equality duty on public bodies is a particularly significant measure, the missing piece in the jigsaw for full legal protection for gay people across Britain. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people fund public services like everyone else. Yet all too often they receive second-class treatment from key services.
The proposed duty will require public services including healthcare, education and policing to actively promote equality so that all service users, including lesbian, gay and bisexual people, can approach the services they fund with confidence. Many of the public bodies that Stonewall works with are already taking active steps, focused on practical outcomes that make a difference, to ensure the services they provide are fair for all.
This important Bill has the potential to remove barriers to quality services. Stonewall will be working closely with politicians in the coming months to ensure the measures become law and have a positive impact on gay people across Britain.
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