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A Party Political Broadcast

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  • You may have seen recent news coverage of prominent right-wing Conservatives at a national conference in which they continue the "war on woke" with a defence of nationalism and traditional family values.

    In contrast, here is a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Party, in which they address the issues that really matter…

    Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

    It gives us an important opportunity to acknowledge the violence and discrimination that too many LGBT+ people face, and reflect on what we can do to help change it.

    I’m proud of the role Liberal Democrats have played in delivering that change over the years. From being the first party to openly oppose the abhorrent Section 28, to our tireless efforts in getting the Same Sex Marriage Act passed. 

    Milestones like these are not only important policies that take us closer to achieving equal rights. They help shift social attitudes, too. People are becoming more accepting of the LGBT+ community - which is vital for stamping out homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in all its forms.

    But we cannot get complacent.

    Discrimination against LGBT+ people is still far too commonplace in the UK - particularly against the trans community. We’re even seeing this at the hands of the Conservative Government, who have dithered and delayed on important progress like gender recognition reform and banning conversion therapy.

    And with trans hate crimes on the rise, we are seeing too clearly the harmful effects this rhetoric can have on our society.

    LGBT+ rights mustn’t be taken for granted. The fight for equality must go on.

    So today, my message to the LGBT+ community is clear. I support you. I stand with you. And I will keep fighting for the rights of the entire LGBT+ community, until true equality is achieved.

    The election is less than two years away. You know what to do.
    This post was edited by Ariane Durand at June 7, 2023 10:37 AM BST
      May 17, 2023 9:03 PM BST