I Exist Booklet
Back in 2007, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation produced an information resource to enable lesbian, gay and bisexual people to have up-to-date information about their legal and civil rights. It proved to be one of our most popular resources at the time.
Since that time there have continued to be major changes in legislation that affect LGB people's daily lives.
This is why we have produced a brand new guide to rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people called "I Exist". This 72 page pocket book resource outlines further equalities and includes updates on: The Equality Act 2010, education & safer schools, sex & the law, relationships, same-sex parenting, housing, domestic violence, homophobic hate crime, LGB health, employment equalities regulations, later life, LGB refugee & asylum, useful contacts and legal services and much more!
Because there is still a huge lack of evidence about lesbian, gay or bisexual people and our needs and experiences, "I Exist" also discusses the importance of Sexual Orientation Monitoring.
It is vitally important that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are able to keep informed, and inform each other, on our legal and civil rights and how we can begin to use these rights in a way that will make a difference to our lives for the better.
There are still some areas in which the law does not allow full equality for LGB people but the more we feel confident about challenging areas in life where we are treated differently or unfairly, the more we can fight prejudice and discrimination in all it's forms.
The aim of this guide is to serve as an introduction to a whole host of legal rights that particularly affect lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained is correct at time of compilation (This guide was printed in July 2011). However because the law is constantly changing it is always a good idea to seek expert advice on your personal situation and there are many useful contacts within this resource to refer to.
This guide was made possible with help from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.