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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Jo Swinson marks the government’s commitment to advancing LGB&T equality

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To mark the 9th International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the UK is celebrating its status as a world leader in advancing LGB&T equality.

Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson, said: “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is an opportunity to champion the progress made towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people, as well as reflect on the challenges that remain.

“We’re absolutely committed to advancing LGB&T equality and we’ve a lot to be proud of. I’m delighted that, once again, we have been recognised by the International Lesbian and Gay Association as the number one in Europe on LGB&T rights, and we are determined to maintain and build on this.

“But there is still more we can all do to eliminate prejudice and discrimination which is why we will continue to drive forward change across government as well as push for more action from partners overseas.”

Here are just some of the things we’ve done to knock down barriers and improve the lives of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK:

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Published 17 May 2013