The Assembly is proud to support Stonewall’s ‘It gets better….today’ campaign which tells lesbian, gay and bisexual young people that they don’t have to wait for their lives to improve – they can be great now. We are lucky to live in a country where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have protections within the law. Through the dedication of individual activists and organisations such as Stonewall, we have seen the repeal of section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools, the introduction of civil partnerships, the Gender Recognition Act, openly gay people serving in the military, adoption rights and the ability to report homophobia and transphobia as a hate crime.
We are a diverse, tolerant nation where LGBT people enjoy more rights and protections than ever before. We can celebrate the achievements that have been made and remember if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, you have the right to be yourself and to be proud of who you are.
In the National Assembly, we will continue to fight for LGBT equality and to combat homophobia and transphobia. We all deserve to be happy, to be free from bullying, and to live in a world that celebrates diversity.
If you believe you have experienced homophobia or transphobia please remember that you do not have to suffer in silence. There are organisations that can help. Stonewall, Safer Wales and the Police (North Wales, South Wales, Dyfed Powys, and Gwent) all have mechanisms in place to help you report homophobia and transphobia as hate crimes.
To mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) and to show our support for Stonewall’s campaign, our Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler, AM, our Commissioner with responsibility for equality, Sandy Mewies, AM, and a number of Assembly Members from across Wales have recorded a video stated their commitment to LGBT equality. Click here for more information.