Why should the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community vote Liberal Democrat?

That’s the question asked by the Lesbian & Gay Foundation and answered by the party’s Equalities spokesperson, Lynne Featherstone:

How do you feel about Labour taking credit for a lot of Liberal Democrat Policy around LGB&T issues?

Imitation is the highest form of flattery! But Labour still hasn’t gone far enough. It is an absolute scandal that Labour chose not to explicitly outlaw gay bullying in schools. As a result thousands of younger gay people do not have full protection from bullying they need.

Labour enjoy a pretty good record on LGB&T rights. How would the Liberal Democrats go further to support LGB&T people and continue to make sure LGBT voices are heard?

Gay marriage, normalisation of gay relations in personal social development classes, end gay donation blood ban in favour a system based on personal risk, better sexual health education, and outlaw gay bullying, the list goes on. I really don’t think anyone can rest on their laurels when it comes to fighting for equal treatment for the LGBT community.

You can read the full interview here.

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17 Comments

  • Exactly. I really could not have said it better myself. As a member of the LGBT community, it is easy to see that a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote for gay/straight/bi/trans/etc equality. Not just pseudo-equality.

    Great article!

  • Andrew Suffield 19th Apr '10 - 4:43pm

    I’m not sure that “protection from bullying” is worth anything. It’s a policy that sounds good on paper, but how would it be implemented any better than existing measures against other kinds of bullying (which don’t seem to be doing anything)?

    The rest makes sense.

  • Yes, I agree with Dave. I know that in my school, the teachers didn’t pay attention if someone was called a “fag” or something. aimilar Now it may not seem like a lot, but they would go apeshit if someone used the term “Nigger” towards another. It’s these kind of double standards that mean this country does not truly support equality. Yet.

    And that’s where Nick comes in. ;D

    Homophobic bullying is bullying like any other and needs to be combatted. Children should also be taught about LGBT issues. I’m in 6th form right now and we had sex ed last year as part of our general studies programme and not once did they mention any LGBT sexual health issues. It’s absolutely appalling imo. Education is an area where LGBT equality is severley lacking, and we need to improve this asap.

  • “Why should the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community vote Liberal Democrat?”

    Because the Conservatives think they are evil aberrations of nature who should should be burned as witches and the Labour party thinks they should be paraded as trophies while being persecuted by the state (for being evil aberrations of nature who should should be burned as witches)

    It’s a complete and utter mystery to me why anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered would ever dream of voting anything but Liberal Democrat. I know voting out of self interest isn’t always the right thing to do, but in this case it’s a matter of survival. Why vote for people who hate you?

  • Well put, Chris!

  • @ Alec
    ‘no-one is a member of the “LGBT community”’

    Until they get told by some Conservative voting bigot: “You can’t stay at my B&B cos you’re a couple of queers”.

    Then suddenly they might rethink their situation a little.

  • Red heads and fedora wearers, to my knowledge, have never faced state sanctioned discrimination and prosecution. Nor to my knowledge do they consistently have religious nutters trying to ban them from adopting, people denying them holiday accommodation, employers trying to dismiss them, officials refusing to marry them etc. etc.

    ” I assume you’re aware that he made a distinction with hoteliers”. Big deal. So if you’re a rich gay boy who can stay in a posh hotel then that’s OK, but if you are on a more modest income and happen to be gay, then tough luck?

    I loathe the Conservatives first and foremost because they are a sham party, led by a stuck up snake oil salesman with a massive sense of entitlement to power, with no real policies of any worth and a doctrinal worship of the free market that puts current defenders of Pope Benedict to shame. Plus there is the little matter of Section 28, for which I will NEVER forgive them.

    P.S. I am a very happy person, as long as everyone allows me and my boyfriend to live in peace and go on holidays where we want to without facing bigotry and discrimination.

    But, yes, I do hate the Tories, joyfully not sadly.

  • @Alec
    I’m getting a picture of you as a red headed, Fedora wearing, Tory-voting snob with submerged homosexual tendencies

    A bit like a repressed, henna-ed Quentin Crisp.

    Sorry darling, but it’s not a good look.

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