Yes, I’m worried about the outcome – cards on the table time, I’m staunchly pro-Labour, and think Gordon Brown has been treated despicably by the media at large. I’m not blind to the problems that have occurred, and I’m certainly not going to attempt to justify the Iraq Invasion as some sort of legal war – however, major cock up though that may have been, it’s one glitch. Overall, both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have led a government whose focus has always been fairness, improving the lot of everyone and – crucially from my point of view – a serious commitment to LGBT / gay rights.
Let’s take a moment to look at what that has involved:
Since Labour became Government, it has:
- achieved an equal age of consent;
- ended the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces;
- ended discrimination against Lesbian & Gay partners for immigration purposes;
- given LGBT individuals and couples the right to adopt children;
- scrapped the homophobic Section 28 (Clause 2a in Scotland);
- become a signatory of the Treaty of Amsterdam, which gave the EU powers to end discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation;
- banned discrimination in the workplace and in vocational training with the introduction of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations;
- created the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which gives LGBT people statutory body protection;
- included homophobia in the definition of hate crimes;
- increased sentencing for homophobic hate crimes;
- removed outdated offences such as gross indecency and buggery;
- produced and implemented the Gender Recognition Act, allowing Trans people to have their true gender recognised in law;
- created the Civil Partnerships, allowing LGB people to have their loving relationships recognised by law and have most of the same benefits as married couples;
- outlawed discrimination in good and services (with no exceptions);
- launched a campaign in the UN for the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality focusing on the nine countries where it is still punishable by death;
- awarded statutory rights for fertility treatment for Lesbians on the NHS.
A quick visit to mygayvote will show the difference between the Tories’ voting record and that of the Lib Dems and Labour. How any person in the LGBT community could vote for the Tories remains an utter mystery to me – a veneer of presentability, Cameron’s chameleonic adapting of whatever “position” or “belief” seems best to increase his chances of attaining power, and the great swathes of dark, evil, bigoted, hate filled, selfish and closed-minded members of the same old nasty party … is there no gratitude for what has been done by this Government? No recognition that in some cases past performance MAY be an indicator of future performance in this case? The Tories, the party of discrimination, of special interests, of greed-is-good politics, versus the Labour party which has consistently championed and supported us.
So, please vote – and as a preference, please vote LABOUR!
(With thanks to Trevor Love)