18 August 2020
The Green Party has condemned the government’s lack of progress on its own LGBT Action Plan more than two years after it was published.
Theresa May published the plan while Prime Minister in July 2018 , yet the government has so far failed to publish its annual review of progress.
At the time the plan was published, then Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt promised that she was “determined to help make the UK a country that works for LGBT people because no matter what your gender identity or sexual orientation is, you should be able to reach your full potential.”
While the plan was welcomed as a positive step forward when it was announced, two years later the lack of progress has become notable.
The Green Party has now urged the current Equalities Minister Liz Truss to recommit to the LGBT Action Plan and deliver on the promises the government has made.
Green peer Natalie Bennett said: “The lack of progress on the LGBT Action Plan is incredibly disappointing.
“This government made a promise to the LGBTIQA+ community to make lives better, but the copious delays have meant more suffering and uncertainty. The absence of leadership has allowed transphobia and bigotry to prosper.”
Two years since the publication of the plan, the government has failed to:
LGBTIQA+ Greens deputy chair Lee-Anne Lawrance said: “The absence of the annual report is disturbing. Is the government’s commitment to equality waning?
“I’d urge Liz Truss to not delay any more. Ban conversion therapy. Reform the Gender Recognition Act. Recommit to the LGBT Action Plan.”
Plan available here:
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