A news release from the Home Office brings the news:
Home Office Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone today set out the Government’s ambitious plans to tackle homophobia and transphobia and promote equal rights for all.
Speaking to the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) LGB and T conference ahead of Pride London 2010, the Lynne Featherstone stressed that the battle for equality is far from over and promised that the Government would do everything in its power to protect LGB and T people from discrimination.
The Minister highlighted the Government’s plan of action for the LGB and T community – the first of its kind to be published by any British government – which includes commitments to support businesses in protecting LGB and T people from discrimination in the workplace and tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
Lynne Featherstone will join fellow Home Office Minister Nick Herbert in the Pride London 2010 march on Saturday and both Ministers will address the Pride crowd at a rally in Trafalgar Square. Spectrum, the Home Office’s own LGB and T group, will have a float in the parade, celebrating the Home Office’s role as a diverse employer.
Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone said:
“The Government is 100% committed to completing the journey to full LGB and T equality. We have made clear our determination to tackle discrimination and make this country a more tolerant, equal and fair place for everybody.
“We are committed to taking action to support LGB and T people, including changing the law so that historical convictions for consensual gay sex with over 16s won’t be disclosed on a criminal record check, and using our international influence to speak out against human rights abuses and for unequivocal support for gay rights.
“Changing culture is never going to be an easy task but it must be our ultimate goal if we are to achieve full LGB and T equality. I promise you Government will do their bit.”