Today marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the struggle for equality continues.

I was proud that in the 1980s when I led the GLC - including through the work of our Gay Rights working party and the opening of the London Lesbian and Gay Centre - led the way in fighting oppression.

Like many Labour poltiicians I was proud to speak out against the Tories' prejudice and their hated Section 28.

Then as Mayor of London we set up the UK's first Partnership Register in 2001, which paved the way for the 2004 Civil Partnership Act; successfully lobbied for new anti-discrimination laws to protect the LGBT community; embarked on high profile projects targeting anti-homophobic bullying in schools; and banned ads for holiday resorts that discriminated against lesbian and gay people, forcing them to change their policies (read more at http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2007/07/lesbian-gay-livingstone-london .)

Any attack on rights of lesbian and gay people undermines all of our human rights. This is why it is important to support LGBT equality, challenge discrimination and celebrate diversity in this country

 

With the divisive Donald Trump now the most powerful man in the world, there is still much to do. The struggle for LGBT+ equality is part of our struggle for a better world for all and a democratic, socialist society and I am proud of the role I have played as an ally of that fight

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