Election 2015 LGBT POLICIES

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LGBT POLICIES OF LABOUR AND CONSERVATIVE

The 7 May UK General Election is fast approaching, and both Labour and the Conservative parties have tackled the issue of LGBT rights head-on. The election will likely be nail bitingly close and the LGBT vote could make all the difference.

Labour’s (led by Ed Miliband) manifesto promises the party (if elected) would tackle both age-appropriate sex and relationship education in schools and take on a zero-tolerance stance on hate crime.

“Children develop and learn best when they are secure and happy,” reads the Labour manifesto. “We need to help our children develop the creativity, self-awareness and emotional skills they need to get on in life. We will introduce compulsory age-appropriate sex and relationships education. We will encourage all schools to embed character education across the curriculum, working with schools to stop the blight of homophobic bullying.”

“…Take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime, such as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We will challenge prejudice before it grows, whether in schools, universities or on social media.” Perhaps of greater interest for many in the LGBT community, it also adds: “And we will strengthen the law on disability, homophobic, and transphobic hate crime.”

Party Leaders

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“…Take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime, such as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We will challenge prejudice before it grows, whether in schools, universities or on social media.” Perhaps of greater interest for many in the LGBT community, it also adds: “And we will strengthen the law on disability, homophobic, and transphobic hate crime.”

Labour also hope to influence both human and LGBT rights abroad: “We will appoint an International LGBT Rights Envoy to promote respect for the human rights of LGBT people, and work towards the decriminalisation of homosexuality worldwide.”

The Conservative Party (led by David Cameron) manifesto is calling for gay men who were convicted due to their sexuality to be pardoned, even if they are deceased.

Elections 2015

Elections 2015

forward equality and strengthened the institution of marriage. But there is still more to do, and we will continue to champion equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

“We will build on the posthumous pardon of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, who committed suicide following his conviction for gross indecency, with a broader measure to lift the blight of outdated convictions of this nature. Thousands of British men still suffer from similar historic charges, even though they would be completely innocent of any crime today.

“Many others are dead and cannot correct this injustice themselves through the legal process we have introduced while in government. So we will introduce a new law that will pardon those people, and right these wrongs.”replace

WHO WILL YOU BE VOTING FOR ON MAY 7TH ?