How do the major parties compare on LGBT+ manifesto pledges?

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We have divided the main issues into six sections:

Education: specific classes and lessons in sex and relationship education and a commitment to tackle bullying.

Crime: a specific look into tackling hate crime on the basis of sexual/gender orientation. Better support for domestic violence victims and survivors.

Workplace: a specific look into tackling inequality in the workplace.

Healthcare: a specific look into policies affecting mental, sexual health, PrEP and transgender/intersex issues.

In politics: What laws will be amended and changed to fully equalise the LGBT community.

On the world stage: What will the next government do to show that the UK is a beacon of LGBT rights?

We have also only taken parties that have a national footprint.

CONSERVATIVES

Number of mentions of LGBT: 0

Education: No specific mentions of LGBT+ sex or relationship education

Crime: No specific mention of LGBT+ but pledged: “push forward with our plan for tackling hate crime committed on the basis of religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity”

Workplace: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Healthcare: No specific mention of healthcare reforms for LGBT people – including PrEP.

In politics: Nothing specific to LGBT+

On the world stage: “We will expand our global efforts to combat extremism, terror, and the perpetration of violence against people because of their faith, gender or sexuality”.

LABOUR

Number of mentions of LGBT: 11

Education: Teachers will be given training on how to deal with bullying.

They’ll also ensure that new guidance is issued on relationships and LGBT-inclusive sex education.

Crime: Labour pledges to bring the law on LGBT hate crimes into line with hate crimes based on race and faith, by making them aggravated offences.

Workplace: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Healthcare: Labour has pledged that it will work to “reverse the damage done to mental health services under this Tory government, which is particularly hitting services for LGBT and BAME communities”.

Various charities have gone by the wayside or had massive funding cuts during the latest government. Some of these cuts have affected charities which include much-needed HIV care.

Labour also pledges that frontline healthcare professionals receive ongoing training to understand and meet the needs of LGBT patients and service users.

And PrEP? Well, they pledge that “NHS England completes the trial programme to provide PrEP as quickly as possible, and fully roll out the treatment to high-risk groups to help reduce HIV infection”.

In politics: They pledge to reform the Gender Recognition Act, which will protect trans people by changing the protected characteristic of ‘gender assignment’ to ‘gender identity’. They also pledge to remove outdated language such as “transexual”.

On the world stage: Labour have announced that they will “appoint dedicated global ambassadors for women’s rights, LGBT rights and religious freedom to fight discrimination and promote equality globally”

 

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Number of mentions of LGBT: 5

Education: The Lib Dems have promised to review sex education in schools saying that they will include lessons on sexual consent, LGBT+ relationships and issues surrounding explicit images and content.

Crime: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Workplace: The Lib Dems want companies with more than 250 employees to publish data on their employment of BAMEs LGBTs and pay gaps.

Healthcare: The Liberal Democrats have promised to ensure that “LGBT+ inclusive mental health services receive funding and support”. They also want to make PrEP available on the NHS.

In politics: The Lib Dems pledge to introduce legislation that will allow for all-BAME and all LGBT+ parliamentary shortlists.

On the world stage: The Liberal Democrats pledge a commitment to promoting the “decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world and advancing the cause of LGBT+ rights”.

UKIP

Number of mentions of LGBT: 1

n education: UKIP will end sex education in primary schools. Will look into whether further legislation is required to tackle cyberbullying.

On health: Nothing specific to the LGBT+ community, but promised to increase funding for mental health. Will also hold a review into editorial codes of the media, to promote “healthy body images”.

On politics: UKIP pledge to test the social attitudes of those who are seeking to immigrate to the UK. They wrote,

“…we do not believe in treating women or gay people as second-class citizens, and we hold to a fundamental belief in democracy and free speech. UKIP’s points-based immigration system will, therefore, include one further major principle: we will test the social attitudes of migration applicants to foster community cohesion and protect core British values”.

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UKIP also will repeal Labour’s Human Rights legislation and remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights”. They will replace with a new UK Bill of rights.

On crime: Nothing specific to the LGBT+ community.

On the world stage: Nothing specific to the LGBT+ community

THE GREEN PARTY

Number of mentions of LGBT: Have released an entirely separate LGBT+ Manifesto.

They have released an entire LGBT+ manifesto. Which includes the following pledges:

Education: Sexual and relationship education for all students. Require every school to have an anti-bullying programme. Provide teachers with training to provide LGBT+ inclusive education.

Crime: Greens pledge to “Combat all forms of antiLGBTIQA+ prejudice and violence through improved hate crime protections”.

Workplace: Noting specific to LGBT+

Healthcare: Wide-ranging policies affecting the Trans and Intersex community. Including, giving people “personal autonomy in all medical decisions” and “Improve access to medical services and gender identity clinics, particularly for trans and non-binary young people.” They have said they would also, “Protect the welfare state in the face of Government cuts and preserve the vital security net many LGBTIQA+ people rely upon”.

In politics: Has pledged to make same-sex marriage “truly equal” to include pension rights. They will also open civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. Will “Apologise to and pardon all 50,000–100,000 people convicted of consenting adult same-gender sexual relations under antisodomy laws that have now been repealed.”

On the world stage: The Greens have said, “The Green Party would speak out against those countries that discriminate against, marginalise and kill LGBTIQA+ citizens, and work with countries leading the way in recognising and protecting” the LGBT+ community.

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY

Number of mentions of LGBT: 5

Education: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Crime: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Workplace: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Healthcare: The SNP will support efforts to ensure PrEP becomes available on NHS to any who needs it in the UK.

In politics: The SNP pledge to push the UK Government to extend the Turing Bill pardon to gay men convicted of same-sex activity who are still alive today.

They also pledge to ensure that same-sex couple have equal pension rights and “protected characteristics are expanded to ensure all LGBTI people are fully protected from discrimination and harassment”.

On the world stage: The SNP pledge to reform the detention and asylum system for LGBT+ people escaping countries where homosexuality is still illegal. They also pledge to remove “unfair and invasive demands for ‘proof’ of sexuality or gender identity”.

They also say,

“SNP MPs will support the establishment of a special envoy to promote the rights of LGBTI people throughout the world, as an integral part of UK foreign policy – helping to alleviate the discrimination and persecution faced by LGBTI people in Chechnya and across the world”.

Plaid Cymru

Number of mentions of LGBT: 0

Education: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Crime: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Workplace: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Healthcare: No specific mention of healthcare reforms for LGBT people – including PrEP.

In politics: Has pledged to publish a “human rights charter” to provide human rights regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation.

On the world stage: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Democratic Unionist Party

Number of mentions of LGBT: 0

Education: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Crime: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Workplace: Nothing specific to LGBT+

Healthcare: No specific mention of healthcare reforms for LGBT people – including PrEP.

In politics: Nothing specific to LGBT+

On the world stage: Nothing specific to LGBT+