Labour's Record

The Labour Party is committed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans equality, and has led the world in equality legislation. 

Between 1997 and 2010 the Labour government did more for the advancement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans equality than any other government in British History.

In government Labour:

  • achieved an equal age of consent
  • ended the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces;
  • ended discrimination against Lesbian & Gay partners for immigration purposes;
  • given LGBT individuals and couples the right to adopt children;
  • scrapped the homophobic Section 28 (Clause 2a in Scotland);
  • become a signatory of the Treaty of Amsterdam, which gave the EU powers to end discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation;
  • banned discrimination in the workplace and in vocational training with the introduction of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations;
  • created the Equality and Human Rights  Commission (EHRC) which gives LGBT people statutory body protection;
  • included homophobia in the definition of hate crimes
  • increased sentencing for homophobic hate crimes;
  • removed outdated offences such as gross indecency and buggery;
  • produced and implemented the Gender Recognition Act, allowing Trans people to have their true gender recognised in law;
  • created the Civil Partnerships, allowing LGB people to have their loving relationships recognised by law and have the same benefits as married couples;
  • outlawed discrimination in good and services (with no exceptions);
  • launched a campaign in the UN for the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality focusing on the nine countries where it is still punishable by death;
  • awarded statutory rights for fertility treatment for Lesbians on the NHS
  • introduced the Equality Act

These are just some of the examples of what Labour did for LGBT equality in over a decade in government. As LGBT Labour, we are proud of the party Labour Party members and LGBT campaigners played in fighting for equality. We still have much to achieve and that’s why LGBT Labour continues the fight - Join LGBT Labour now to get more involved.

All major developments in LGBT Rights have taken place under Labour Governments. In the 1974-79 Government, it was Labour MP Leo Abse who led the fight to decriminalize sex between two adult men. His sad passing was remembered by LGBT Labour and the Labour Movement as a whole.

Read more about how people in the Labour Party and Trade Unions campaigned for LGBT Equality within the party in our new landmark book: "Sodom, Gomorrah and the New Jerusalem" by Peter Purton with a Foreward by Chris Smith.