Marching with Pride

05 July 2018

People’s Health Trust will march through the streets of London on Saturday, standing with thousands of local people calling for action to tackle the inequalities faced by the LGBT+ community.

The Trust will be joined at the Pride in London march by representatives from funded projects Bradford LGBT+ Strategic Partnership, Hart Gables in Hartlepool and Support U in Reading.

This year’s event is expected to attract a crowd of close to one million people from across the UK to unite, express freedom and solidarity, and campaign for change. It is a day to celebrate how far we have come, but also to recognise that the battle for equality is far from won.

At the Trust, we work to ensure that where you live does not unfairly reduce the length of your life, or the quality of your health - this includes marginalised people across the LGBT+ community.

Supporting and empowering the LGBT+ community is a vital part of our vision and mission to create an equal and fairer society for all.

We have funded more than 2,700 local projects since we were founded in 2011, many of which support the LGBT+ community. We fund projects that offer support and an open, safe space for LGBT+ individuals in communities where their voices are not equally heard or respected, or they face stigma and prejudice.

While equal rights legislation is in place, we know that LGBT+ people continue to face significant barriers and discrimination, and more needs to be done.

A survey of more than 100,000 people was recently commissioned by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, which has prompted the government to launch a 75-point action plan to tackle prejudice and abuse affecting the LGBT+ community.

The survey found that two-thirds of LGBT+ people feel uncomfortable holding hands in public due to fear of a negative reaction.

More than 40 per cent of respondents had experienced hate incidents, while a quarter said they concealed their LGBT+ identities to their family members.

The survey also revealed that many LGBT+ people face difficulty accessing healthcare services due to their sexual orientation.

Sixty seven percent of trans respondents said they had avoided being open about their gender identity. 

Existing evidence suggests that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying can have a disproportionate impact on LGBT+ young people. The Government Equalities Office have said that they will complete its anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying programme. This £3 million programme will reach more than 1,200 schools in England by March 2019.

The Government has pledged £4.5 million for the action plan between now and 2020. To combat hate crimes against LGBT+ people, the Government has also promised to boost awareness and understanding among agencies such as the police, while improving the recording of such crimes, as well as LGBT+ domestic abuse. Currently only Greater Manchester police specifically records LGBT+ domestic abuse incidents, leaving a data gap.

The fight for equality for the LGBT+ community is as important as ever, and we will be marching through the streets of London on Saturday to campaign for change.

We are proud of what those before us have achieved but we are also ready to campaign for absolute equality.

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