London can be the most trans inclusive city in the world.
Trans people are currently among society’s most marginalised communities, facing discrimination every day, and unacceptable barriers to the basic necessities of life like housing, employment and healthcare.
When I’m Mayor, I will launch a commission into the needs of trans and non-binary Londoners, and create a trans rights action plan for London.
Greens in City Hall have already helped introduce policies that allow for gender-neutral honorifics (including Mx) in official documents within the GLA.
However, I see a lack of meaningful London wide listening and research undertaken on the issue of trans people’s experience, leading me to pledge to front a commission to form the basis of a full action plan for trans rights in London.
This is just one measure which I will take to make London as inclusive as possible for all LGBTIQA+ people
More of our manifesto policies to improve the lives of LGBTIQA+ Londoners will include:
- A Green Mayor will dedicate a suitable GLA owned building to create a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning/Queer, Asexual (LGBTIQA+) community space to serve as a much needed hub for people, particularly young people and an older generation marginalised by commercial venues, seeking information and support in being confident in their sexuality or gender identity.
- We have backed the building of London’s first AIDS memorial to ensure the lives lost are not forgotten. We have already helped win Assembly and Mayoral team support for this project, and we will support the project until it is complete.
- We will help more communities and local authorities designate LGBTIQA+ venues as assets of community value and continue to support the London-wide designation of our emerging heritage through the London Plan. We will also support London’s boroughs and neighbourhood forums in applying other planning protections to prevent their closure.
- Too many trans people face barriers in accessing healthcare, employment and housing. Discrimination and violence are a day to day reality. A Green Mayor will launch a commission into the needs of trans Londoners, with a goal of developing a trans rights strategy for London.
- Greens will work with GLA group organisations and local authorities to ensure they are sensitive to the needs of trans and non-binary people, have training on trans awareness and inclusion, and act on discrimination. Greens in City Hall have already helped introduce policies that allow for gender-neutral honorifics (including Mx) in official documents within the GLA.
- We will fund LGBTIQA+ awareness training for staff within the GLA who commission all kinds of services, and delivery staff.
- A Green Mayor will establish a coordinated approach to data collection to ensure that the needs of LGBTIQA+ Londoners are clear, and to assess the impact of all GLA work on these groups of Londoners.
- We will embed community-led principles in all of these actions to ensure there is ‘nothing about us without us’ with. Achieving this will mean appropriate funding for projects is required from the start, and more long-term thinking rather than the short and piecemeal grants that tend to be given for specialist initiatives.
It is my duty to make sure every Londoner has their rights protected, and that’s what my manifesto will do for LGBTIQA+ people across this city.