Human rights of LGBT people

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1519
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

We know from research conducted by YouGov and Stonewall that seven in ten people believe Britain has a moral and social responsibility to challenge human rights abuses against lesbian, gay and bisexual people abroad. As a representative of what you have called 'one of the most LGBT friendly cities on earth', what conversations have you had overseas about defending the human rights of LGBT people?

Answer

Answer for Human rights of LGBT people

Answer for Human rights of LGBT people

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am proud that London is a fantastically diverse city, with all Londoners, regardless of their age, sexuality, religion, gender or race, able to benefit from the progress London has made over the past few years.

In December 2013 I provided a message in support of the Everyone Matters global diversity and dignity campaign, which is expected to reach 53 million people globally in its first year. The purpose of this high profile campaign, which culminates with the inaugural Everyone Matters Day on 2 April 2014, is to ensure that everyone has the right to be who they are, and every single human being is treated with dignity and respect.

In terms of my visits to promote London abroad, I believe that we can better challenge prejudice through engagement. Isolation will not achieve change.