What you can do

2018: Our Impact

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We mobilised supporters to respond to the Scottish Government’s GRA consultation, leading to an overwhelming 66 per cent of Scottish responses being in favour of reform.

Gender Recognition Act consultation launch

Following our extensive lobbying, the UK Government launched a consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act (GRA, 2004).

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We responded to LGBT crises in 8 countries

We engaged directly with the public, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and parliamentarians to respond to LGBT crises in eight countries. This included co-organising a solidarity action with Amnesty to mark one year since the crackdown on LGBT people in Chechnya.

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And we held three party conference events in England to build support for Gender Recognition Act reform and LGBT equality.

130 people attended our trans equality event at Speaker's House

We hosted over 130 parliamentarians, trans campaigners, policy makers and third sector representatives at an event for trans equality at Speaker’s House.

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In Wales, we helped secure a commitment to a new, world-leading fully LGBT inclusive approach to Relationships and Sexuality Education from the Welsh Government.

We made huge strides towards LGBT-inclusive education

We successfully lobbied the Government to make Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education compulsory in all of England’s schools, and the Government’s commitment to making these subjects LGBT-inclusive is the first time the guidance has been updated in 18 years.

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We responded to 38 Government consultations

Our constant lobbying for LGBT equality across all areas of life, saw us respond to 38 Government consultations in England, Scotland and Wales.

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We met with over 100 politicians

We met with over 100 politicians across Great Britain to ensure their work includes LGBT equality and Gender Recognition Act reform.

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We reduced blood donation restrictions on gay and bi men

We successfully lobbied the Government to reduce the period (from 12 months to three months) that gay and bi men need to have had no sexual activity before donating blood.

Our Future Plans

UNCERTAIN POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

Our Response :

Ensure that the UK government is committed to maintaining and protecting laws that are already in place to ensure equality for LGBT people. Where LGBT people continue to face discrimination and inequalities in law, we will do everything in our power to change this. This includes vital changes that must be made to ensure equality for trans people.

IMPACT OF LEAVING THE EU

Our Response :

We must build strong cross-party relationships and show the governments of the UK that LGBT issues will help them to gain cross-party support, and are firmly in the public interest, especially after we leave the EU.

UPDATED LEGISALATION FOR TRANS PEOPLE

Our Response :

We must ensure the UK and Scottish governments fulfil their commitment to review the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) and introduce new legislation to grant full legal recognition to trans and non-binary people.

THE INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE FOR LGBT PEOPLE

Our Response :

We must work with and learn from international LGBT communities, to ensure we can help them have maximum impact in their countries, and we must share our experiences with them. We will continue to influence the UK government to put global LGBT rights at the heart of its foreign policy and international development agenda, as directed by the priorities and advice of international LGBT activists.

LGBT-INCLUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION

Our Response :

We have a responsibility and opportunity to improve LGBT equality in schools through the introduction of LGBT-inclusive compulsory RSE. We must ensure education reform in Scotland does not dilute calls for inclusive education and the recommendations of the Scottish Government LGBT Inclusive Education Working Group are delivered.

INCREASE CONSEQUENCES OF LGBT-RELATED HATE CRIME

Our Response :

It is essential that LGBT hate crimes are brought into line with hate crimes based on race and faith, by making them aggravated offences. This would increase the maximum sentence available to judges on conviction. In Scotland, we must work to ensure current protections for LGBT people are not diluted but strengthened as part of the Scottish Government Hate Crime Review.