Marvin Rees - Labour's candidate for Bristol Mayor supporting LGBT rights

Marvin Rees, Labour candidate for Mayor of Bristol, has set out his plan to work with Bristol’s LGBT communities to promote equality and LGBT pride. 
Marvin Rees said today: 
“As Mayor I will champion equality and challenge homophobia to ensure that Bristol remains a progressive city and a safe home for all LGBT people and their families. By working in partnership with Bristol’s LGBT community as Mayor I will make sure that this is a world class city based on equality and fairness.” 
Marvin’s statement – LGBT Bristol: A Mayor for the Whole City – is pasted below.
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LGBT Bristol 
 
A Mayor for the whole city. As mayor I will champion equality and challenge homophobia to ensure that Bristol remains a progressive city and a safe home for all LGBT people and their families.
By working in partnership with Bristol’s LGBT community as Mayor I will do the following. 
Living in a progressive, safe and supportive city:
 * Appoint an LGBT adviser for Bristol – to ensure my administration works effectively and constructively with LGBT residents, businesses and organisations.  
 * And to develop policy in care, housing, safety for LGBT who are over 55.
 * Improve safety in Bristol’s Gay village – including the introduction of CCTV cameras and better lighting at local train stations, including at Lawrence Hill station.
 * Working with the LGBT businesses in Old Market and the wider community to bring about the regeneration of Old Market.
 * Seek to further the improve Bristol’s reputation as a ‘gay friendly’ city by improving the City Council rating on the Stonewall Employers’ Index.  
 * Oppose cuts to local LGBT organisations imposed by the Tory-LibDem government, including charities working to promote sexual health. 
 * Adopt a zero tolerance approach to homophobic and transphobic hate crime and work with Avon and Somerset Police to improve awareness, training and responses among City Council Officials and the police.
Giving Pride the support it deserves
 * Pride is a great opportunity for Bristol to celebrate its diversity and promote equality.  As Mayor I will work in partnership with Pride organisers to ensure Bristol continues to host successful Pride events, including a positive review of the financial and logistical support Pride receives from the City Council.  
Backing equal marriage
 * As a supporter of equal marriage, as mayor I will continue to champion the right of same sex couples to marry. 
Tackling homophobic bullying in Bristol schools
 * No one should be bullied because of their sexuality. As mayor I want to help all Bristol schools address homophobia and homophobic bullying. Some Bristol schools are already doing a great job, but a lot more can be done. By working with local and national organisations like EACH and Stonewall, I will ensure that teachers and pupils have the support they need tackle homophobic bullying and raise awareness of the harm it causes.