The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

LGBTI Manifesto

Pride - St Annes Place

The right for all to take part equally in our society and culture is at the very heart of Pirate Party politics. The LGBTI community has worked tirelessly and has achieved a lot over the last few decades through political activism, protest and good humour and our candidates have been part of that. However, there is still a long way to go before we can all truly, equally, share in this society. That is why an LGBTI manifesto is still needed.

We have seen action on same sex marriage and that is thanks to all activists, not any one political party. However, the job is not finished. Equal marriage must mean exactly that. “Spousal veto” for trans* people must end. The current requirement for transgender people to divorce before they can attain gender recognition must be scrapped.

The law has to recognise that families come in many forms.

It is time for a more inclusive and flexible parental leave regime; one which acknowledges everyone’s rights. When we bring up children we all need the flexibility to be good parents and obviously this includes LGBTI people too.

We support sexual health education in schools and that includes LGBTI identities.

Pride - St Annes Place

Manchester Pride – Photo Jeremy Atkinson

As we eradicate prejudice in the legal system, we should work to do the same in schools, not by criminalising offence, but by ensuring that schools have strategies in place to tackle homo- bi- and transphobic bullying and information and support is available for anyone who needs it. OFSTED has played a key role and this should be one of the organisation’s duties.

LGBTI people face multiple serious health challenges. We want to follow the lead of countries like Norway that have comprehensive LGBTI public health plans with clear goals.

We would continue to combat against stigma of those with HIV / AIDS. One of the most important elements in this fight is to support accessible HIV testing in a range of situations suited to and led by the communities affected.

We want to see a national campaign launched to normalise HIV testing as a routine part of caring for our health. Restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men should be lifted, the focus must be on individual screening and making sure as many people as possible can donate blood and save lives.

LGBTI rights have an international element too. The UK can press for equal recognition of civil partnerships and same sex marriage across borders, both in the EU and internationally. LGBTI rights must be part of our relations with other countries, whether they are our allies or not. Our principles should be clear in our interactions with the world.

Canal Street

Manchester Pride 2010 – Photo: Stuart Grout

We support asylum for LGBTI people fleeing persecution. We support the recent guidelines on assessing LGBTI people for asylum, and oppose intrusive and irrelevant questioning of people at risk.

It is time to stop practices which make life hard for LGBTI people and take on transphobia and support non-binary people. Official forms often impose highly intrusive and burdensome requirements for personal information. We can start by removing unnecessary fields in documents and not gathering gender and sexuality data where it serves no purpose.

Trans* people must be seen as people with equal human rights, and be included in all lawmaking that affects their lives. Everyone must enjoy the right to freely express their gender identity, whether or not that identity conforms to the expectations of others or not.

We support expanding the definitions in Equality Act 2010 to ensure all non-binary people are protected.

We support reviewing the Gender Recognition Act, with a view to bringing the UK in line with the statement on Identity Recognition issued by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in January 2015.

We support the introduction of non gender-specific X passports, and removing the requirement for a doctors letter when changing the gender marker on a passport.

Councils and other official bodies have a duty to and must protect our information, for our safety and privacy. For example, Islington Council revealed information about residents’ sexuality in a “data blunder”. We must ensure higher standards for data protection, especially when they hold such personal data. Government plans for a “snoopers’ charter”, monitoring who we contact, put LGBTI people at risk for this very reason. It is no business of the government if you are contacting someone by Gaydar, Grindr or Recon.

LGBTI people have a right to take advantage of our shared cultural, media and sporting life without harassment. We ought to remove any barriers that prevent LGBT participation in sport at all levels. Sporting bodies should be actively working to create a culture where it is possible for more LGBTI professional athletes to come out and act as role models. We can all benefit from this, bringing a high profile event like OutGames to the UK to leave a great, positive legacy for LGBTI sport. We are not only more than capable of hosting such an event, we could do it exceptionally well.FamilesManyfaces

✔ Equality

✔ End “Spousal Veto”

✔ Support for LGBTI Families

✔ Parental Leave

✔ LGBTI Health

✔ End the Blood Ban

✔ Beating Transphobia

✔ Data Protection

✔ LGBT Sports

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