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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tatchell - "If you're pink, go Green"

Green Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones was today joined by campaigner and Green Party human rights spokesperson Peter Tatchell as she canvassed supporters on Old Compton Street in Soho. 

Jones said: “At election time, it is sometimes easy for politicians to trot out a number of LGBT-specific policies and forget that LGBT voters are just as concerned about issues such as creating jobs, cheaper transport costs, crime and the cost of living in the capital. The Green Party doesn’t make that distinction. By voting for more Green Assembly Members, Londoners can help create a fresh approach to the capital that invests in creating the new jobs we need and makes life here more affordable and healthy for everyone.”

Policies in the Greens 2012 London Elections Manifesto include:

1. Ensuring that the provision of al l London public services are responsive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
2. Supporting the right to civil marriage for al l same-sex couples, and the right for heterosexual couples to enjoy civil partnerships.
3. Guaranteeing a police liaison officer in every borough to work with the LGBT communities with an Anti-Homophobia Action Plan to tackle local hate crimes.
4. Campaiging for improved access to sexual health services and ring-fenced funding for health promotion around HIV / AIDS prevention amongst at risk communities.
5. Arguing against central Government cuts to public services such as the NHS and welfare and housing benefit that many LGBT people depend upon.

Mr Tatchell said: “The Greens were the first party to support same-sex marriage and an end to the lifetime ban on gay blood donors. “Now, we want all schools to teach LGBT sexuality and equality issues, to combat prejudice and bullying. To protect LGBT communities against hate crimes, Jenny Jones will press the police to produce an Anti-Homophobia Action Plan in every borough. Plus we’ve got imaginative policies on transport, housing and the environment.

Mr Tatchell concluded “If you’re pink, go Green.”