LOCAL MPS SPEAK ON LBGT SCHOOL-PUPILS AND HIV IN TRANSGENDER WOMEN

Local Labour MPs Chris Elmore (Labour Ogmore and Labour Vale Councillor for Buttills Ward barry (laft) and Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) have been speaking in the first ever Transgender debate in the House of Commons

Local Labour MPs Chris Elmore (Labour Ogmore and Labour Vale Councillor for Castleland Ward Barry (left) and Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) (right) have been speaking in the first ever Transgender Equality debate in the House of Commons

Local  MPs Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) and Chris Elmore (Labour MP for Ogmore and Vale of Glamorgan Councillor for Labour Castleland Ward, Barry) have both been speaking in a House of Commons debate on Transgender Equality.

Maria Miller chair of the Commons Equalities Committee

Maria Miller chair of the Commons Equalities Committee

Doughty asked Maria Miller (chair of the Commons Equality Committee) whether she would  join him praising the work of  South Wales Police and the British Army their work with “trans communities and the wider LGBT [ Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender] community?”

Miller said that some institutions coped better than others: “I particularly have been impressed by the way in which the Ministry of Justice has accepted the challenge around trans prisoners. I note the comments the hon. Gentleman makes about the police as well, and I hope other police authorities are able to follow suit.”

Chris Elmore (Labour MP for Ogmore and Vale of Glamorgan Councillor for Castleland Ward, Barry)

Chris Elmore (Labour MP for Ogmore and Vale of Glamorgan Councillor for Castleland Ward, Barry)

In his speech Chris Elmore – who is an opposition whip –  praised “great initiatives by public bodies and institutions“.

He went on to say “I was proud to march at Pride Cymru this year and saw South Wales Police – my honourable friend  Stephen Doughty mentioned this – marching with special shoulder patches to demonstrate their support for the LGBT+ community. Similarly, the British Army recently won the PinkNews public sector equality award for its work supporting LGBT personnel, including those who identify as transgender.”

Doughty told the house he was wearing a World Aids Day ribbon as was Chris Elmore

Doughty told the house he was wearing a World Aids Day ribbon as was Chris Elmore

Doughty reponded by saying “My honourable friend is making a very strong speech. He, like me, is wearing a World AIDS Day ribbon. On the global context for trans people, is he aware of the challenges for trans people who have HIV? Men who have sex with men are 19 times more likely than others to have HIV, but trans women are 49 times more likely to have HIV. Special attention needs to be paid to the provision of HIV services globally for the trans community.”

Later Elmore drew attention to the issues of LGBT children in school  . He said “Addressing the difficulties that transgender people face in school often focuses on physical accommodation. Efforts may be made to provide gender-neutral facilities but, although that is incredibly important, there is often not enough focus on why transgender people fall behind academically. A number of local authorities now produce guidance for head teachers, but equally important are the NGOs and charities that deliver awareness training for school staff. In and around Bridgend county, which includes my constituency, the group  A Brighter Future Altogether” Benefiting Bridgend provides crucial workshops to ensure that schools are better prepared to help transgender pupils to excel.”

“…….We owe it to the transgender people in each of our constituencies to come together to take concerted action to help to deliver equality for everyone, and we must start by recognising the scale of the problem.”

“…. I sincerely hope that today’s debate will help to raise awareness of the issue and mark the start of a journey to make the UK inclusive for everybody”.

 

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10 Responses to LOCAL MPS SPEAK ON LBGT SCHOOL-PUPILS AND HIV IN TRANSGENDER WOMEN

  1. Penileaks says:

    Great news for the LGBT community.
    Let’s hope that the Police wear ‘special shoulder patches’, during the next Hetrosexual Pride march. Oh, I forgot that will not happen because any march promoting the hetrosexual community would be considered some sort of sexual discrimination and designed to incite sexual hatred towards the LGBT community.
    More rights for some ?
    Surely not🙂

  2. snoggerdog says:

    im wearing orange socks.

  3. jm says:

    i expect that when heterosexual
    couples risk getting beaten to a
    pulp for holding hands in the street
    the police will march for them.
    no need for such spurious bitterness, ‘live and let live’ !

  4. Peter Church says:

    I maybe wrong but has Doughty ever spoken about anything that just affects Penarth? (and cardiff south)

    • snoggerdog says:

      no need for him to,clarkes/peters pies are not closing down. (said the kettle calling the pot black) am i allowed to use that phrase any more.if im not i do not apoligise.

  5. Christopher David says:

    Indeed Mr Church. Parliamentary time is precious we are told. So many important things to debate and some even local, but the focus is on headlines I suspect.

  6. Paul says:

    Licentious, Gregarious, Bitter, and Twisted. It’s clear that some people don’t know their own mind and or/are very confused…

  7. Paul says:

    Oh dear, someone’s feeling P.C. aren’t they…

  8. AK says:

    Not many on the benches – they must have collected their expenses and gone homw.

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