The Government Equalities Office have published their July 2018 LGBT Action Plan: Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, alongside the results of a national survey of LGBT people.
The survey shows that:
- More than 2/3 avoided holding hands with a same-sex partner in public for fear of a negative reaction
- 23% said people at work had reacted negatively to them being LGBT
- Over half of those who accessed or tried to access mental health services said they had to wait too long
The action plan pledges a a £4.5m fund to support the delivery of actions, such as:
- The eradication of conversion therapy
- The appointment a national LGBT health adviser
- Improving the response to LGBT hate incidents
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall said:
These findings reflect what many LGBT people already know, that there’s still a long way to go until we reach full equality…
We now need people in all of Britain’s communities to also come out for LGBT equality and to stand up against the hate and abuse we face daily.