LGBTory is working hard to encourage and support candidates from our community to stand as elected representatives, both through campaign days and financial support. LGBT people are still under-represented across all of our assemblies and parliaments, and the Conservative Party as a party of inclusion, is committed to helping them overcome any barriers to standing. Indeed, with 38 LGBT candidates, the Conservative party is leading the way.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is the day we take a moment to remember all those who have died as a result of continuing prejudice and violent transphobia, both here in Britain and around the world.
Conservative Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan announces a £2 million package for schools to help them tackle homophobic bullying.
At the Conservatives' annual conference today, LGBTory, the party's LGBT group, will launch a dedicated fund to support LGBT candidates. The Conservative Party has more "out" MPs than all the other parties put together. With less than a year to the General Election, the fund will support a new generation of candidates in their bids to win seats in May.
LGBTory’s first fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference was organised in co-operation with the Kaleidoscope Trust, a charity supporting LGBT rights internationally. The panel discussion asked the question “What should the next government do for LGBT rights in the world?” and was chaired by LGBTory’s Colm Howard-Lloyd.
As well as our usual curry night to kick-off conference we have our most extensive fringe programme to-date. The Party will also be hosting Conference Pride with guest speaker and LGBTory Patron Christopher Biggins.
The Coalition for Marriage has recently been crowing about the results of a ComRes poll it commissioned, which, according to a letter sent to CfM supporters, shows that “David Cameron’s decision to redefine marriage seems set to hurt the Conservative Party’s electoral chances in the European elections.”
In fact the poll shows that the recent pioneering measure by the Conservatives to equalise marriage in England and Wales was the least relevant factor for voters in their choice not to vote Conservative.
LGBTory patron calls for travel ban in light of Uganda's President signing his country's anti-homosexuality law
Dear LGBTory Member
As you are aware, the LGBTory AGM will soon be upon us. As such please find below the 2014 AGM Agenda. I look forward to seeing you there.
1) What has happened in India?
The Supreme Court of India ruled on 11 December 2013 that homosexuality remains a criminal offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This reverses a 2009 judgment by the Delhi High Court which declared that applying Section 377 to consensual homosexual sex to be unconstitutional.