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Stonewall UK general election full manifesto

This election is an opportunity to decide what sort of society we want to live in.

Please download our full manifesto below, and sign our petition calling on all candidates to support the priorities we have laid out.

Instead of creating division, Stonewall is calling on all parties and candidates to support strong, open and inclusive communities, where every lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) person is accepted without exception.

Download our full manifesto (PDF) or browse the sections below.

Stonewall 2019 General Election Manifesto

Easy Read Stonewall 2019 General Election Manifesto

Create strong communities, where all LGBT people are safe and accepted

More and more LGBT people feel able to be open about who they are with their friends, family, in the workplace and in their communities.

This means that many more of us can be ourselves with the people who matter most to us, which is critical for our confidence and sense of well-being.

But we can’t be complacent. Hate crime against LGBT people is on the rise and many LGBT people do not feel confident being open about who they are in their communities. LGBT people who are black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or disabled are far more likely to feel unable to be open, even with those closest to them.

Making the UK a country where all LGBT people are accepted without exception can only happen when there is a sustainable approach to building acceptance, rejecting attempts to divide us, and tackling hate at a local and national level.

We also need to take steps at a local level to create inclusive communities, reducing the conditions that lead to hate crime taking place. Local LGBT community infrastructure – from Prides to youth support groups – is vital to building strong communities that celebrate diversity and ensure all LGBT people are accepted.

Help us to secure a commitment from the next UK Government to:

  • Challenge and reject hate in our communities. Stand against any attempt to target of minorities and create division in our country
  • Commit to delivering the National LGBT Action Plan, and develop it into a cross-Government strategy on LGBT equality
  • Update legislation in England and Wales, so that hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability are treated equally to those based on race and faith. This should include making them aggravated offences, increasing the maximum sentence for judges to apply on conviction
  • Make sure that local LGBT groups and Prides have the resources they need to improve inclusion and challenge prejudice in their local communities
  • Increase confidence that the criminal justice system will support victims, by updating guidance and delivering targeted compulsory training to all police officers, frontline staff and others in the justice system in England and Wales
  • Continue to educate and inform LGBT communities about what constitutes a hate crime, both online and offline, and how it can be reported
  • Ensure all social media platforms deal with incidents of online anti-LGBT abuse seriously and swiftly, holding them to account when they fail to do so. This must also include clear communication to all users that anti-LGBT abuse is unacceptable, with privacy, safety and reporting mechanisms made easily available
  • Legislate to include voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2021 census, so that public services can meet the needs of LGBT people in their local area
  • Make sure that LGBT people can fully participate in local community events, including grassroots sport. Work with Sport England and other governing bodies to kick homophobia, biphobia and transphobia out of sport
  • Take measures to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy
Protect and extend LGBT rights

Over the last 30 years we’ve won the right to be protected at work, to raise a family and to serve in the armed forces.

This is brilliant progress. But there’s still more to do.

While we’ve seen considerable gains for lesbian, gay and bi people, progress for trans people has been slow. Since 2004, there’s been no change to the way the UK legally recognises trans people.

Equality for lesbian, gay and bi people isn’t consistent across nations. Even though a law has been passed that compels the UK Government to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, this won’t happen until 2020 at the earliest.

Leaving the European Union (EU) will mean that our rights will be the responsibility of the UK Government. Already they’re under threat, as the law now says that we’ll lose protections such as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on the day the UK exits the EU.

We must not lose the protections we had as members of the EU, and we must ensure that our rights are extended post-Brexit. In the future, our law must continue to protect LGBT people from discrimination and ensure the equal treatment of every citizen.

Help us secure a commitment from the next UK Government to:

  • Ensure there is legislation that promises UK citizens will never have fewer human rights and equality protections than we did as EU members
  • Protect citizens' rights by keeping the Human Rights Act, and the UK's signature to the European Convention on Human Rights, after the UK has left the EU
  • Improve the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to streamline and de-medicalise the process for legal gender recognition. Reform must remove the requirement for intrusive medical tests, introduce a simple administrative process based on the principle of self-determination, and provide recognition for under 18-year-olds and non-binary people. This will bring us in line with international best practice
  • Review the need for gender markers in official documents. Where markers are needed, introduce an 'X' category to enable non-binary people to be recognised
  • Ensure the historic John Walker ruling on pension rights for same-sex couples is retained following EU withdrawal, so that inequalities in private and public sector survivorship schemes are permanently addressed
  • Support the Love Equality campaign in Northern Ireland and make sure that, now marriage equality is set to be introduced, law is swiftly passed so that LGBT people, wherever they live in the UK, can marry the person they love
Ensure that every LGBT child and young person can flourish

In recent months, a few schools have been targeted by disruption because of their commitment to teaching about LGBT families.

There has been a clear echo of Section 28, the 1989 legislation which banned conversations about same-sex relationships in school, forced LGBT teachers into the closet or out of a job, and scarred a generation of young LGBT people. We can’t go backwards. Creating the inclusive communities we need starts at school.

When our schools, youth groups and youth services are built on a culture of acceptance, every LGBT young person can thrive and be themselves.

LGBT young people continue to suffer from bullying in schools, and homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language is widespread. Nearly half of LGBT pupils – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools.

Too few schools provide good quality Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), which enables and encourages young people to make informed decisions and develop healthy relationships.

Thanks to Government and cross-party support, a law was passed in 2017 that will make RSE compulsory in all of England’s schools. This is great progress, but we must ensure that the way it is implemented is LGBT inclusive.

Outside of school, we need to make sure that LGBT youth groups are properly funded. Finally, we need to ensure apprenticeships, universities, and colleges are supporting LGBT young people, so that no young person is left behind.

Help us secure a commitment from the next UK Government to:

  • Provide sufficient funding for every school in England to access face-to-face training on delivering LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education and engaging with parents
  • Take action to tackle anti-LGBT bullying and support LGBT pupils at schools, by making sure that all teachers receive initial and ongoing training on how to prevent, recognise and address incidents, and support LGBT pupils
  • Properly resource LGBT youth services
  • Commit to LGBT inclusion across all areas of education and training, including university, apprenticeships and supporting young people in the workplace.
Improve health and social care services for LGBT people

LGBT people are more likely to suffer from poor mental and physical health than the wider population, with healthcare professionals often unable to meet their health needs.

Trans people specifically face huge hurdles when trying to access Gender Identity Services, including poor referral processes and incredibly long delays.

A significant number of LGBT people experience discrimination from professionals who should be there to care for them. Almost one in four LGBT people have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff. In the past year alone, six per cent of LGBT people – including 20 per cent of trans people – have witnessed these remarks.

Help us secure a commitment from the next UK Government to:

  • Address LGBT health inequalities by developing and implementing a strategy that crosses all health and social care agencies, led by the National LGBT Health Advisor
  • Improve access to Gender Identity Services, which are currently not equipped to meet the needs of all trans people seeking their services
  • Train all frontline health and social care professionals across England to understand and meet the needs of LGBT patients and service users
  • End discrimination in blood donation by regularly reviewing the blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men, setting a clear goal to introduce a system based on individual risk rather than blanket exclusion
  • Make sure that gender-neutral HPV vaccination includes a one-year-only catch-up programme in the 2020/21 school year for boys up to the age of 18
  • Deliver on the commitment to end new HIV transmissions by 2030, including by making PrEP available through routine commissioning from April 2020
  • Update surrogacy law to accurately reflect societal change and meet the needs of surrogates and prospective parents, including LGBT people
Ensure that the UK actively supports LGBT rights around the world

In many countries, LGBT people experience rejection from their communities and appalling discrimination.

This can include physical and sexual violence, which often goes unreported.

In 69 countries around the world, same-sex relationships are criminalised. Most governments still deny trans people the right to legally change their name and gender from those that were assigned to them at birth.

As a result, many LGBT people have no choice but to seek asylum. But many LGBT asylum seekers who arrive in Britain face unfair treatment and endure horrendous conditions in detention centres.

However, there are LGBT campaigners, organisations and allies across the world working to change this situation. The UK Government need to support their essential work.

Help us secure a commitment from the next UK Government to:

  • Respond strongly, quickly and effectively when LGBT people face violence or persecution overseas
  • Put LGBT people at the heart of its agenda when working with other countries through diplomacy and trade deals
  • Make sure UK aid goes to organisations that don’t leave LGBT people behind
  • Provide clear leadership across Government, so that the UK’s commitment to champion global LGBT equality is strategic and co-ordinated
  • Treat LGBT people who have fled persecution and seek asylum in the UK with fairness and respect. This includes ending the detention of LGBT asylum seekers, alongside ending indefinite detention
  • Provide direct support, including specific funding, to human rights defenders in other countries working to improve the lives of LGBT people and achieve equality

 

Sign our petition to call on all candidates to support LGBT equality.