28 April 2017
Greens commit to making LGBTIQA+ refugees welcome, decent HIV prevention, and rights for all gender identities
* Launch in church sets clear distance between Greens and Lib Dems after condemnation of Tim Farron's remarks about religion and homosexuality
* Jonathan Bartley: “While other political parties struggle to say what they believe, Greens are clear – we will always stand up for LGBTIQA+ people”
Via Nicholas Creswell @ncreswell
The Green Party commited to supporting LGBTIQA+ asylum seekers at the launch of its LGBTIQA+ manifesto.
Jonathan Bartley (front centre right, above), co-leader, and Aimee Challenor, LGBTIQA+ spokesperson (front centre left, above), set out the party’s commitment to ensuring HIV prevention drug PrEP is provided by the NHS, and putting trans and intersex recognition and rights in law.
Setting clear distance between themselves and the Lib Dems, Bartley and Challenor launched the manifesto in The Trinity United Reform Church in Camden.
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, said:
“The Green Party has a proud history of leading the way when it comes to LGBTIQA+ rights. While other political parties struggle to say what they believe, Greens are clear – we will always stand up for LGBTIQA+ people.
“We believe in a fairer world, a more equal economy, human rights protected by law, recognition and representation for all gender identities and education and health services which care for and include everyone.”
Aimee Challenor, Green Party LGBTIQA+ spokesperson, who is the only openly trans spokesperson of a UK Political Party, said:
“Let’s be clear, LGBTIQA+ rights are under threat. From Gay and Bi men being tortured and killed in Chechnya, to Donald Trump weakening protections in the US and the UK’s threat to repeal the Human Rights Act, 2017 has already been a concerning year for everyone who cares about LGBTIQA+ people.
“The Green Party is proud to stand against the erosion of LGBITQA+ rights and launch a manifesto which proudly fights for bodily autonomy for intersex people, legal recognition for trans and non-binary people, for PrEP for all that need it, and for greater protection for LGBTIQA+ asylum seekers – and more.”