Foundation broadly welcomes raft of new reforms announced by the government to tackle current LGBT i…

Publish Date: 24/07/2017

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LGBT Foundation has broadly welcomed the raft of reforms announced by the Government over the weekend to LGBT policy to correct some of the injustices faced by gay, lesbian, bi, trans and intersex people in the UK.

The leading Manchester-based LGBT organisation has positively greeted the three announcements focusing on changes to deferral period for blood donations for men who have sex with men, planned review on gender recognition legislation, and the launch of the first government national survey into the lives to LGBT people in the UK.

Commenting on the announcements, Rob Cookson, Deputy Chief Executive of the LGBT Foundation, said: 

“ The equalities minister Justine Greening has made it clear that the Government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality, and the weekend’s announcements are a welcome indication some important steps they are taking to move forward.”

On the trans recognition announcement

“We welcome the move to consult around changes to current gender recognition legislation and hope that this will result in a Gender Recognition Act that works for trans people. Government action has been long awaited by trans people across the UK, and this is a positive first step towards replacing a system that is complex, bureaucratic and costly.”

On the reduction in the deferral time for blood donations to three months for men who have sex with men

“The announcement reduction in the deferral period for men who have sex with men giving blood to 3 months is a welcome move. The change has been a long time coming particularly taking into account the significant advances made in sexual health treatment and research. Whilst this doesn’t achieve full equality, it is a welcomed and important step in the right direction.”

On the launch of a national survey into the lives of LGBT people in the UK

“The launch of the first official national survey into the lives of LGBT communities in the UK is welcome.  This should help to provide an even more detailed picture what it is like to be LGBT in the UK today, potentially providing further insights in a range of key areas including health, well-being, and safety. However, as a range of evidence already exists which demonstrates the needs of LGBT communities including the high levels of inequalities faced by LGBT people; the key issue is the actions which are taken following this survey.

“We will be watching closely to see how the government uses the findings to roll out a clear and practical action plan backed by concrete investment to meet the needs and improve the lives of LGBT people across the UK.”

The government’s LGBT Survey is can be accessed via closing date for responses is 15 October 2017.