#VoteWithPride - The Equality Wins Manifesto for the Greater Manchester Elections in 2021
On 6 May 2021, residents across Greater Manchester will head to the polls for a number of key elections. These include the election of a number of local councillors in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, and the election of the Greater Manchester Mayor.
The last year has been an incredibly difficult and challenging time for us all. Our research into the experiences of LGBT people during the Covid-19 pandemic has identified unique, and sometimes disproportionate, impacts felt by LGBT communities. We firmly believe that all political candidates can, and must, put forward manifestos which protect and advance LGBT equality both during and after the pandemic. Despite the significant legislative progress in recent decades there is still so much more to do.
We are urging every LGBT person and our allies to have their voice heard on 6 May 2021, because if we’re not counted, we don’t count.
We are also calling on all candidates and political parties to be proactive and vocal in their defence of LGBT communities and our rights. Our manifesto for this election sets out that roadmap towards equality. These are commitments that, if implemented, will have a profound and positive impact upon the lives of LGBT people. Whilst some are well documented in public conversation and debate, we also firmly believe in shining a light on issues facing some of the most marginalised and invisible people within our LGBT family.
With your support, we can achieve a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential.
This election, please join us and #VoteWithPride
Paul Martin OBE
Chief Executive - LGBT Foundation
The Seven Equality Wins Commitments
1. Fully implement sexual orientation and trans status monitoring across all publicly funded organisations in Greater Manchester
2. Respond to the healthcare needs of trans and non-binary communities in Greater Manchester and support Indigo Gender Service – the new pilot NHS adult gender service in Greater Manchester
3. Commit to ongoing support and funding of social care services for ageing LGBT communities in Greater Manchester
4. Ensure all LGBT people in Greater Manchester have equal access to domestic abuse services and protections from hate crimes
5. Address the health inequalities faced by LGBT people, particularly those exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, by requiring all Greater Manchester health and social care organisations to actively consider and respond to the needs of their LGBT communities
6. Fully support Greater Manchester’s schools to implement LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education
7. Ensure that LGBT people seeking asylum and refuge have access to support and services which are affirmative of their identities
Pledge your support for LGBT equality in Greater Manchester!
- Share a message of support on social media - Click here to post a message on Twitter, or copy the text below.
I have pledged my support for @lgbtfdn’s #EqualityWins Manifesto for the elections in Greater Manchester. The fight for equality is not over – these 7 commitments will protect and extend LGBT equality.
- Contact the candidates standing in your constituency asking them to publicly pledge their support for this manifesto. You can find details for local election candidates here - https://whocanivotefor.co.uk, and Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates here - https://www.gmelects.org.uk
- Share this manifesto with your networks
- Make sure you #VoteWithPride on 6 May 2021!