Two grateful men, one scarf, an angry Baroness and an LGBT organisation that can’t read what’s in the Lib Dem manifesto

Stonewall dropped a huge clanger yesterday by issuing a graphic on its Facebook page that gave Labour a tick for all the policies it had featured and gave only two to the Liberal Democrats. Thing is, anyone who had read the Liberal Democrat manifesto would know that all these things were in fact there.

Pink News has a wonderfully sarcastic quote from LGBT+ Chair Dave Page:

It is surprising that an organisation with Stonewall’s resources, if it seeks to appear nonpartisan, did not seem to have taken the time to quickly search through the Liberal Democrats’ main party manifesto (rather than the separate documents published by some other parties).

If they had, they would have found the commitment to tackle hate crime in section 9.3: ‘Change sentencing guidelines to increase sentences available for hate crimes.’

They would have also found the following on overseas aid in section 11.6: ‘Liberal Democrats believe British foreign policy and international aid should seek to advance human rights and democracy throughout the world. We believe all people – regardless of ethnicity, disability, age, belief, gender or sexual orientation – deserve a freer, fairer and more prosperous world.’

Under Ruth Hunt’s excellent leadership, Stonewall have done a lot of work to build bridges and listen to a wider array of voices.

We hope that the days of Lib Dem MPs having to lobby Stonewall to support equality rather than the opposite are behind us all. Unfortunately their rush to issue this ill-researched graphic undermines their reputation for being even-handed advocates of equality.

Lib Dem Peer Liz Barker also took Stonewall to task on Twitter. In a series of tweets parodying Stonewall’s “Some people are gay/trans, get over it” phrase, she outlined the Liberal Democrat record on LGBT rights:

I liked former Euro candidate Giles Goodall’s rainbow timeline:

The prize for my very favourite thing, though, probably of the entire election, goes to the wonderful Richard Flowers and Alex Wilcock who look back over the last 40 years and show who it is who has been at the forefront of pushing for LGBT rights. And they do have a scarf each, but that’s just one. If you read their blogs, you might realise that they are just a tiny bit interested in Doctor Who. Enjoy.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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3 Comments

  • <3 that video is awesome

  • Stephen Mullen 28th Apr '15 - 11:17pm

    Thanks to the Lib Dems in government I got to watch Doctor Who and play with Lego at a wedding 😉 And more importantly Richard and Alex and other same sex couples are finally able to get married to the person they love.

  • Stonewall’s response to the criticism is very weak indeed. Conversely, Richard and Alex’s video is just superb.

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