Everyone in this country should feel safe and happy to be who they are, to love who they love, and to live their lives without judgement or fear. Back in July I wrote about the Government’s LGBT Action Plan outlining what steps the Government is taking to tackle bullying in schools, to protect more children and to stop hatred from festering and growing into discrimination in adulthood.
You can find more details about the LGBT Action Plan on my previous blog piece at the below web address.
Earlier this week the Government announced a £2.6million investment to protect children from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying as part of the LGBT Action Plan. The money will be used to provide training for teachers on how to spot the early signs of bullying and how to intervene appropriately.
The funding will also be used to provide resources to support teachers in delivering lessons on LGBT issues to ensure all pupils feel accepted and included.
I am also pleased to see that the Government have also announced the development of an LGBT Advisory Panel to advise the Government on policy, act as a sounding board, and provide evidence on the experiences of LGBT people.
I have previously written about the Gender Recognition Act and can confirm that the consultation on possible reform to the processes in the Act closed on the 22nd October, with the Government now analysing all the responses. Over 53,000 responses were received, so I am pleased to see so many people come forward and make their views known.
Here in Norwich we are lucky to enjoy a friendly, accepting city and as your constituency MP I will continue my work both in Parliament and Norwich as an ally for the LGBT community.