London is home to a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. LGBT people make a major contribution to our economy and culture, helping make London one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Supporting LGBT rights
The Mayor is a vocal supporter of LGBT Londoners’ rights. He has always argued for gay rights and has worked against gay exclusion and disadvantage since first elected in 2008.
The Mayor called on the government to equalise civil marriage for same sex couples through the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Thanks to his support this is now a reality for LGBT Londoners.
Working with the LGBT community
The Mayor wants to make sure that the LGBT community keeps playing a vital role in London's economy, culture and society.
Since 2008 we have focused on working with LGBT communities to improve life chances, tackle homophobic hate crime and support important events, like Pride in London and the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.
Pride in London is the UK’s largest LGBT cultural festival with an annual crowd of around 500,000. Activities include a central London parade from Oxford Street to Whitehall, a major event on Trafalgar Square, and more activities in Leicester Square and Soho.
Stopping homophobic hate crime
Homophobic hate crime is a criminal offence which is felt (by the victim or anyone else) to come from the offender’s anger towards the victim’s sexuality (or what the offender thinks the victim’s sexuality is).
To highlight the importance of stopping homophobic hate crime in London, the Mayor:
- has worked with London’s LGBT and trans communities to develop his Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London
- has highlighted this issue with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
- is a strong supporter of LGBT Police Liaison Officers and how they build confidence with the LGBT community
MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have a statutory duty to make sure that all hate crimes are dealt with properly. They are working closely with criminal justice organisations to make sure that dealing with hate crime is a priority across London.
New targets: the MPS has set targets for all London boroughs to increase the number of hate crime cases that are resolved. MOPAC is monitoring these targets.
More crimes reported: the number of homophobic hate crimes reported has gone up. But we will keep working to make sure that LGBT people feel confident reporting hate crime to the MPS and to LGBT liaison officers.
If you need to report a homophobic or transphobic hate crime you can speak in confidence to Galop, London’s leading anti-LGBT hate crime charity. They also provide support and advice.
Meeting regularly with the LGBT community
We meet regularly with London’s LGBT community, and separately with London’s trans community. These meetings are a chance for LGBT Londoners to interact with the Mayor’s Office, discuss current affairs and policy developments, and for us to share our strategies and get valuable feedback. About fifty people come to each meeting.
The next LGBT stakeholder meeting will happen on Thursday 21 July 2015, in committee room 5, at City Hall.
Our next annual trans meeting will take place on Thursday 10 September 2015, in committee room 4, at City Hall.
You can read the minutes, papers and terms of reference from previous meetings.
Checking how our policies are helping
To test how well the Mayor’s Equal Life Chances for All framework is working for different communities in London, we carried out some assessments.
These assessments looked at the priorities and concerns for each community, and reviewed what differences our policies have had or will have.
Our assessment of the GLA’s impact on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality looked at the lesbian, gay and bisexual community.
Our assessment of the GLA’s impact on trans equality looked at the trans community. In particular, it looked at what was discussed at the annual trans meetings, including:
- trans youth issues
- NHS transgender healthcare
- how trans people are represented in the media