Thursday 1 February 2018 Stories / Women and Equalities

LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is a time for us to reflect on how far we’ve come in the fight for equality and to look ahead to what work there is left to do until all LGBT people are free to be themselves.

The last Labour Government passed through landmark legislation and did more to advance LGBT equality than any other government in British history. We are incredibly proud of our commitment to equality, and proud to have supported, protected and fought for the rights of the LGBT community.

Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner, trans activist Paris Lees and LGBT Labour’s Ian Dylan Thomas tell us why LGBT History Month is so important.


Although we have achieved great things together, there’s so much more to do to tackle discrimination, harassment and inequality in our schools, colleges and in wider society.

According to new research, more than 2 in 5 trans young people have attempted suicide, and nearly half of LGBT young people experience bullying.

Right now, it’s illegal to be gay in more than 70 countries around the world, and being gay is punishable by death in ten.

It’s vital then, that we come together as a community to stamp out hatred and stand up for LGBT equality.

Here’s what we’ll do in government
  • We’ll ensure all teachers are properly trained on issues LGBT young people face, including how to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
  • We’ll reform the Gender Recognition Act and the Equality Act to ensure they protect trans people.
  • We’ll ensure all frontline health and social care workers know how to understand the specific needs of LGBT patients and service users.

Only Labour will build an equal, fair and safe society for all LGBT people – a society that works for the many, not just the privileged few.

Our pledges for LGBT equality
Our key achievements