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Tag Archives: Liberal Democrats

Manifesto watch: Where do the Scottish Lib Dems stand on LGBTI issues?

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The Scottish Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto, Be The Best Again, last week. The party’s flagship policies, including the proposals for a “penny for education” and “putting democracy back into policing”, have sparked some online discussion in recent days. The manifesto was launched at an Edinburgh soft play centre, perhaps to emphasise the party’s ambitions to “revolutionise” education and nursery ...

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Lib Dem leader: Tories “trail” on transgender rights

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  Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the Conservatives’ record on transgender rights, claiming that they are “trailing behind” and not responding to public opinion. Mr Farron, writing for the Huffington Post earlier this week, insisted that he hoped evidence of shifting attitudes towards transgender rights would “pave the way for change” from a government that, to ...

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MSP calls for improved LGBTI rights and AIDS services in Malawi

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  An MSP has called on the First Minister to work with the government of Malwai to help boost LGBTI rights and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment services. Writing to Nicola Sturgeon ahead of World Aids Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has drawn attention to the challenges facing LGBTI people and those with HIV/AIDS living in the African ...

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Lib Dem leader urges change after trans woman sent to male prison

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  The Liberal Democrats’ leader has claimed that the Ministry of Justice should be “dragged kicking into the 21st century” after trans woman Tara Hudson was sentenced to serve 12 weeks in an all-male prison.   Tim Farron, who is the only political leader at Westminster to have commented publicly on the case, said that the current policy in England ...

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Politicians criticise Scottish Government’s civil partnership stance

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Scottish opposition politicians have expressed concern at the Scottish government’s announcement that it does not wish to introduce opposite-sex civil partnerships. Leading figures from the Scottish Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties have been united in their calls for the Scottish government to reconsider its position. The Scottish government is currently consulting on the future of civil partnerships, but ...

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Lib Dems vote to tackle anti-trans and intersex discrimination

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  The Liberal Democrats have today voted to approve a policy motion supporting a number of measures aimed at tackling discrimination towards transgender and intersex people. The party’s conference, gathered at Bournemouth and meeting for the first time since the General Election, passed the motion which will now form the basis of both the Transgender and Intersex Health Charter and ...

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Shortage of doctors results in unnecessary distress for trans people

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  A shortage of doctors qualified in helping people to transition is potentially leading to increased mental and physical ill-health, The Herald has reported. Statistics have revealed that several hundred Scots are waiting for up to a year for treatment due to a chronic shortage of specialised medical staff. The inevitable results of delays in receiving treatment are increased levels ...

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Lib Dem leader: blood ban is “stupid”

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The new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has today added his voice to calls to overturn the discriminatory blood donation rules applying to sexually active gay and bi men, people who have injected drugs or those who have had sex for payment. Mr Farron, whose religious beliefs and mixed voting record on LGBTI rights have provided some controversy ...

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LGBTI awards nominees announced

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An equality and human rights advocacy group has announced the shortlisted nominees for its inaugural LGBTI awards event. The Equality Network established the Scottish LGBTI Awards to recognise and celebrate the campaigners, politicians, journalists, public bodies, businesses, community groups and individuals that have made a contribution towards securing greater equality in the past year. The event is being sponsored by ...

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Lib Dem leader in “gay cure” tweet controversy

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  The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has apologised after a tweet from his account suggested gay people could be cured. The tweet, responding to the British Humanist Association’s citing of Stonewall’s research that some healthcare professionals believe homosexuality is curable, said: “They can be, most sexual disorientation is caused by chemical leaching … check out fish and ...

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