The LGBT+ rights movement has been a great force for reform not just in the UK but also around the world. It has campaigned for decency, respect and equal treatment; and underlying it all were simple demands: that people should be able to love and live equally with someone of the same sex, that people should be respected and valued for who they are, able to live safely and fulfil their potential.
We have seen huge leaps forward in gay rights, but Gay Pride remains as relevant as ever, meaning something different to all those that take part or march. Last year more than 750,000 people came to Pride in London, and 30,000 people joined the parade itself. We support every Pride event we can to make sure attendance is high and a Conservative voice is represented.
LGBTory will once again be proudly march on behalf of the Conservatives across the country, taking great pride in the achievements of the Conservative Party over the last 5 years. Equal marriage, homophobic bullying confronted head on, and a clear international voice spoken against continued homophobic discrimination around the world, to name but a few.
Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Conservative Party’s long commitment to equality of opportunity is absolute. The Conservative Party has put LGBT people at the heart of our manifesto; there is no separate LGBT manifesto, just a plan that works for everyone.
LGBTory is proud to announce that at next month’s general election the Conservative Party will be fielding 42 out candidates in constituencies up and down the country. This will be the highest number of out candidates selected by any party
The Conservative Party is fielding more LGBT candidates in the General Election than either Labour or the Liberal Democrats.
In order to ensure a Conservative victory on May 7th and to maintain the Conservative Party's proud record of having more out MPs than all the other parties put together, please consider supporting the following candidates in key attack and defensive seats.
Get in touch about campaigning via telephone or e-mail with our 7 for May 7th using the details below.
Our candidates are spread across 7 regions of the UK (Yorkshire and the Humber, London, West Midlands, North West England, South East England, South West England and East Midlands) so please get in touch with your local candidate.
For other LGBT Conservative candidates see here.
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.