What you can do

Stonewall launches election manifesto

  • Calls for UK government to protect and extend LGBT rights after Brexit

  • Other asks include tackling hate crime, global LGBT inequality and healthcare

  • Stonewall appeals to voters – if you care about LGBT equality, ask for it

Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans charity, is urging voters to ask their candidates to commit to LGBT equality at June’s general election.

Despite the progress made, too many LGBT people face exclusion, discrimination and abuse.

Stonewall wants the next government to prioritise building a Britain where people are accepted without exception.

It is seeking commitments from all parties and all candidates to help achieve true equality.

To help secure this, Stonewall is urging people to not only register to vote, but to ask their candidates to publicly support these priorities ahead of the election.

Stonewall believes the next UK government must commit to:

  • Change the law on LGBT hate crimes so they are treated in the same way as crimes motivated by race and faith.  
  • Ensure new guidance for relationship and sex education in all schools is LGBT inclusive.
  • Improve Gender Identity Services to ensure they are fully equipped to meet the needs of all trans people and are accessible to everyone who needs them.
  • Take steps to safeguard LGBT rights after the UK leaves the European Union, such as retaining the Human Rights Act.
  • Hold sports governing bodies and Sport England to account on tackling anti-LGBT abuse.
  • Respond strongly, quickly and effectively where LGBT people face violence or persecution internationally.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, said: ‘If you care about LGBT rights, you need to make sure that candidates know they need to commit to equality to win your vote.

‘On 8 June, we’re voting for the society we want to live in. Of course, there are issues that divide opinions but during the debates over the next couple of weeks, we must keep LGBT equality firmly on the agenda.

‘Talk to candidates in your constituency about LGBT equality, make sure they understand the issues affecting the community here and abroad.

‘Over the past two years we’ve seen seismic shifts in the political landscape both here and around the world. If that shows us anything, it’s that we can’t take the progress we have made for granted. We need to join our voice with thousands of others over the coming weeks, to press for a world where everyone is accepted without exception.’