Human Rights Based Approaches to Promoting Equality for LGBT People

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2007 National LGBT Conference
19 September 2007

Conference recognises the value of human rights in promoting dignity, equality and protection for all people, especially those who may be vulnerable to abuse of their human rights.

Conference also acknowledges the work carried out by the British Institute of Human Rights and the Department of Health in this area and in particular notes the references to issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Conference recalls that the Human Rights Act (which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into United Kingdom law) covers all public bodies and is especially relevant where a particular body is responsible for someone’s care.

Examples where this approach may be especially needed include:

1.Access to gender reassignment;

2.Protection of school pupils from bullying and harassment;

3.Protection of the rights of people using mental health services;

4.Promoting the autonomy of people with learning difficulties;

5.Protecting the integrity and well being of LGBT families;

6.Promoting the rights of LGBT older people;

7.Respect for people who may not be able to assert their wishes.

Whilst acknowledging the current protections under discrimination law and hoped for progress under the Single Equality Act Conference believes that using Human Rights Based Approaches within public services can be a key tool in ensuring respect for:

A.Freedom of individual identity and expression;

B.Rights to freedom of assembly;

C.Freedom to found a family and respect for family life;

D.Rights to be protected from discrimination;

E.Rights to be protected from degrading treatment.

In view of these benefits, Conference calls on the National Executive Council to publicise the advantages of Human Rights Based Approaches within public services as a key lever to achieve the protections that we are seeking and that are of particular concern to LGBT people.

Conference instructs the National Executive Council to work with the National LGBT Committee to seek to develop work in this area in order to build on the work already started on the Charter for Change for LGBT equality, working with Service Groups, other Self Organised Groups, the Young Members Forum and Retired Members organisation and to consider jointly working with human rights advocacy groups such as the British Institute of Human Rights to disseminate good practice in this area.