What you can do

Senedd debate is an opportunity for AMs to lead

The National Assembly for Wales will today hold a debate to mark LGBT History Month, supported by Assembly Members including Wales’s three out gay AMs, Hannah Blythyn, Jeremy Miles and Adam Price.

The motion calls on the Assembly to ‘take the lead in continuing to progress equality and challenging discrimination and division ensuring Wales is a welcoming nation for LGBT plus people’.

In 2016, we published our priorities for LGBT equality in Wales. These included improving trans healthcare and the establishment of a gender identity service for Wales; ending discriminatory restrictions on blood donation for gay and bi men; funding for PrEP; LGBT-inclusive Sex and Relationships Education in all schools and protecting human rights at home and abroad.

We have seen some progress on many of these issues since the election. The budget deal agreed by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru included additional funding for a gender identity service, NHS Wales are reviewing the case for funding PrEP and the Assembly’s Equality, Local Government and Communities committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the future of human rights in Wales. These developments, among others, are important, but we know that there is still a lot to do and we must not become complacent.

A Wales where everyone is accepted without exception.

As LGBT people, we need our allies more than ever. Assembly Members who want to see a world where everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves should use opportunities like the debate today to speak up and demonstrate that they are by the side of LGBT people. This must include challenging a political narrative that claims equality and inclusion have gone ‘too far’, that some of the most vulnerable people in our communities do not deserve our support and that hard-won human rights protections should be rolled back. At Stonewall Cymru we will continue to challenge the dangerous narrative of ‘the outsider’ and stand firmly against any weakening of our human rights framework.

The next few years will be critical in the development of Wales’s political future, with a new devolution framework and the negotiation on Wales and the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

Assembly Members must ensure that LGBT equality does not become side-lined in this process, or seen as an optional ‘add-on’, but rather as central to building the Wales we want, together.

A Wales where everyone is accepted without exception.

The debate will coincide with the launch of Pride Cymru’s LGBT Icons and Allies exhibition in the Senedd to celebrate the contribution of LGBT people and allies from Wales to the progress of LGBT equality. The exhibition and the debate will be open to the public.

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