Human rights of LGBT people 2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1520
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Research from YouGov and Stonewall shows that half of people believe Britain has a responsibility to protect people who come to the UK fleeing persecution in their home countries because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual. What are you doing to make sure that LGBT people who come to London to escape violence and discrimination are treated with respect and compassion?

Answer

Answer for Human rights of LGBT people 2

Answer for Human rights of LGBT people 2

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.

I agree that Britain has a responsibility to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people who have a well-founded fear of persecution. Britain, and London in particular, already has a long and proud tradition of welcoming refugees, including many LGBT people, fleeing persecution in other parts of the world.

Since coming into office I have sponsored a Mayor's Refugee Integration Strategy for London that aims to ensure that those who come to London as refugees are treated with respect and compassion.