Labour launches LGBT manifesto in Brighton promising to transform access to mental health services for LGBT next generation
Launching Labour’s LGBT manifesto in Brighton, Angela Eagle, Britain’s first out lesbian MP and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, highlighted figures showing nearly a quarter of LGB young people, and half of young trans people, have attempted suicide.
She pledged that Labour will prioritise access to mental health services for young people, including those bullied because of their sexuality or gender identity and ensure teachers are equipped to identify problems early and link children up with support.
The commitment forms part of a wider package of measures to tackle discrimination and promote positive representation for LGBT young people, including action on homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, strengthening the law on hate crime and challenging narrow and prejudiced representations of LGBT people in public life.
Labour activist and comedian Amy Lamé hosted the launch event, and stand-up comedian Jen Brister and musician David McAlmont both performed on the night.
Angela was joined in Brighton by local Labour Parliamentary Candidates, Purna Sen (Brighton Pavilion), Peter Kyle (Hove and Portslade) and Nancy Platts (Brighton, Kemptown), as well as Stephen Twigg, long-standing openly gay Labour MP and Parliamentary Candidate for Liverpool West Derby.
Prior to the event, the Candidates visited Allsorts, a project based in Brighton that supports and empowers young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The Labour Candidates answered questions about the LGBT Manifesto from young people who use the service and discussed how Labour can help challenge prejudice and discrimination in young people’s lives.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade, Peter Kyle said:
“I am proud to help launch Labour’s LGBT manifesto in Brighton, a pioneering city for raising awareness of the issues that matter to the LGBT community.
“Since I came out as gay there has been a huge amount of progress in attitudes towards the LGBT community, and Labour has led the way in campaigning for equal rights – whether it was abolishing Section 28 or the passing of the Equality Act. Seeing so many LGBT community members and politicians, including the first transgender candidate come along to support the Manifesto launch, highlighted just how much has changed.
“It was inspiring to see the great work local organisations like Allsorts do for the LGBT community. Hearing from local young people who kindly shared their personal stories with us highlighted just how vital it is that we promote equal rights and end prejudice and discrimination.
“Our LGBT Manifesto will demonstrate that we won’t stop until the job is done. At this election a vote for Labour is a vote for equality.”