Labour Party, World

LGBT the protests go on

Ken Livingstone was the first major UK political leader to support full LGBT+ equality. And he went much further. As GLC leader, in 1981 he spoke to Harrow Gay Unity Group, where he challenged heterosexist assumptions head on, declaring: “Everyone is bisexual. Almost everyone has the sexual potential for anything.” This was an unprecedented act of solidarity with the LGBT+ community, which he backed up by funding LGBT+ organisations, including LGBT+ people in equal opportunities policies and publishing in 1984 the first comprehensive LGBT+ Charter by any elected authority. Later, at the GLA in 2001, he paved the way for civil partnerships and same-sex marriage with his City Hall partnership register.

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First in 1984 at the GLC and now on City Hall

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