As your constituency MP, I am proud to support the Government’s LGBT Action Plan, which sets out the Government’s policy response to its national LGBT Survey. I have always been a proud ally of LGBT friends and constituents and share the Government’s commitment to protecting the rights of LGBT citizens across the UK. In Parliament, I have voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry and I look forward to supporting the Government’s LGBT Action Plan.
Last week the Government published the results of the LGBT survey which ran between July-October 2017. The LGBT Survey received over 108,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of LGBT people conducted in the world to date.
Some of the survey findings show that in terms of life satisfaction, LGBT individuals score 6.5 out of 10 compared to 7.7 for the general population. Furthermore, 2 in 3 respondents feared holding hands in public for fear of a negative reaction. I want everyone to feel comfortable with who they are in public, regardless of who they love.
As I know LGBT rights are an important issue to many of my constituents, I wanted to share a letter I received from the Minister for Women and Equalities. You can find the full letter below.
Some of the initiatives in the LGBT Action Plan include the appointment of an LGBT health advisor, extending the current anti-homophobic bullying programme in schools, bringing forward proposals to end the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy and reforms to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act.
I am pleased that the Government is taking steps to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK. Conversion Therapy is an archaic practice that has no place in society today. All of the proposals, including further action on the Government’s Hate Crime Strategy, are outlined in greater detail in the Minister’s letter.
As part of the Action Plan, the Government has launched a public consultation on how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The aim of the consultation is to make the current system less bureaucratic and intrusive for transgender people. I would urge my constituents to take part in this important consultation to make sure your voice is heard. You can find details of the consultation here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act-2004
The consultation is an open consultation, with no suggested Government position. The Government will announce any reforms to the system after taking into account responses from the consultation.
I am pleased the Government is taking action to tackle the injustices faced by LGBT people. I look forward to continuing to work with the Government to help improve the lives of LGBT people in Norwich North and across the UK as a whole.