HAFLS Share July 2018


LGBT Action plan 2018


In 2017 the government launched a national survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The survey was open to anyone who identified as having a minority sexual orientation, gender identity or had variations in sex characteristics. The survey asked questions about people's experiences of living in the UK and accessing public services - questions were asked about education, healthcare, personal safety and employment. The survey received more than 100,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of its kind in the world.

The government has stated a commitment to taking bold action on the results of this survey, the highlights of which were as follows:

  • Over two thirds of respondents said they have avoided holding their same-sex partner’s hand in public for fear of a reaction
  • The education system was shown to not prepare LGBT young people for later life, and that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is still a problem
  • The survey showed that LGBT people feel their specific needs go unaddressed when accessing healthcare
  • Many LGBT people stated that they didn’t report hate crime
  • At least 16% of respondents who access, or tried to access, public health services had a negative experience due to their sexual orientation or identity
  • Respondents stated that they found LGBT-specific charities particularly helpful

The government’s action plan includes:

  • Establishing an LGBT Implementation fund of £4.5m to deliver the action plan until 2020 – whilst seeking funds for future years.
  • Ensuring LGBT people’s needs are at the heart of the National Health Service by appointing a national adviser to provide leadership on reducing the inequalities that LGBT people face
  • Acting so every child and young person feels safe in education and can achieve their full potential – this includes further investment in programmes that tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
  • Acting so LGBT people feel safe in their own homes and in their community
  • Ensuring transgender people are treated with dignity and respect
  • Improving our understanding of the issues faced by people who identify as non-binary and people who are intersex
  • Ensuring that support is available for LGBT students who are victims of hate crime and online harassment.

Get involved and play your part

Read the full LGBT Action Plan and find out how you can support this agenda.

Play a key role in improving the equality of the LGBT community by running your own campaigns to raise awareness of the findings of the government’s latest survey.

Sign up for updates and advice on how to campaign for transgender rights

Watch Juno’s story to hear first-hand from someone campaigning for transgender rights.

Read Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt’s speech at the LGBT Action Plan 2018 Launch Event.

* When we say ‘LGBT people’ we mean anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who has another minority sexual orientation or gender identity, or who are intersex.


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