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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Greens launch LGBTIQ manifesto

Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, Natalie Bennett, has launched the party's LGBTIQ Manifesto in Soho.

The manifesto contains pledges to
  • Review the discriminatory blood ban
  • Introduce LGBTIQ-inclusive sex education
  • Protect LGBTIQ asylum seekers
  • Improve services for trans people
  • Promote LGBTIQ rights abroad

Bennett gave a speech in Soho Square alongside Peter Tatchell. She said: "Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are still all too common in our society. Too many people still fear persecution – at home, in the workplace and on the street. In Parliament the Greens’ Caroline Lucas has been a tireless advocate for equal rights. She led calls for LGBTIQ-inclusive sex education, and fought against loopholes that meant that same-sex spouses did not receive equal pension rights."

"And our promise to the LGBTIQ community is that a strong group of MPs will always work with you, and fight for your rights. We know that the struggle continues – and we’ll do everything within our power to work with you towards ending discrimination." Ms Bennett added.

The Green Party is polling at record levels ahead of a General Election. Membership of the Green Party, the third largest party in England and Wales, sky-rocketed by 123% in 2014 and continues to surge in 2015. The combined membership of UK Green parties now stands at over 70,000. The Green Party is standing candidates in over 90% of seats, meaning more people than ever before will be able to vote Green on May 7th 2015.