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LGBT Foundation welcomes the appointment of its Chief Executive to Ministerial LGBT Advisory Panel

Published: 04 November 2018 Tags: government, lgbt action plan By Emma Meehan

LGBT Foundation welcomes the appointment of its Chief Executive to Ministerial LGBT Advisory Panel.

Smyth Harper, Chair of LGBT Foundation said:

“Paul has dedicated his life to campaigning for equality and improving the lives of LGBT people. He is a champion of our community who has brought about real and lasting change for LGBT people across the country.”

“His expertise, drive and passion mean he is the ideal person to join the Ministerial LGBT advisory panel and everyone at LGBT Foundation is thrilled at his appointment.”

Commenting on his appointment to the Minister for Women and Equalities’ LGBT Advisory Panel, Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive at LGBT Foundation, said:

“LGBT Foundation welcomes the Government’s commitment to delivering on the 75 commitments in the LGBT Action Plan. We are proud to support and play a leading role in guiding this work through our membership of the Ministerial LGBT panel.”

“As a charity providing services to more LGBT people than any other charity of our kind in the UK, we celebrate the progress made by Government in driving forward changes to improve the lives of LGBT people in the UK.”

“Equally we know that LGBT people still face stark inequalities compared to the general population, from poorer physical and mental health, increased risk of hate crime and discrimination, to loneliness and isolation and negative experiences in employment.”

“Following the Government’s recent consultation on amending the Gender Recognition Act in order to streamline and de-medicalise the process of changing gender, we are encouraged by the Government’s commitment to work in partnership with the LGBT charity sector to achieve a safe, heathy and equal future for all LGBT people, and we look forward to beginning this work.”

LGBT Foundation also welcomed the announcement of £2.6million worth of funding to deliver the commitments within the Government LGBT Action Plan.

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said:

“We welcome the Government’s recognition of the role of the LGBT sector in delivering vital support to LGBT people, who often face barriers when accessing mainstream services.”

“In addition we welcome the Government’s move to ensure that health and social care services are inclusive of their LGBT patients.”

“LGBT Foundation’s own research indicates that only 53% of LGBT people accessing primary care services had positive responses to disclosing their LGB sexual orientation, and only 44% had positive responses to disclosing their trans status to a health care professional. 80% of trans people experience anxiety before a medical appointment due to fears of insensitivity, misgendering and discrimination.”

“We are therefore encouraged by the Government’s £1m investment into improving health and social care services for LGBT people, and strongly encourage them to utilise the knowledge, skills, and experience of LGBT communities when delivering this work.”