LGBT People: Religion

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 25th July 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to promote LGBTQ+ rights in the religious community.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government will always protect people’s legitimate right to free speech, to be themselves and to practise their religion within the law.

These values are fundamental but we will not shy away from challenging cultures and practices that are harmful to individuals or hold them back from making the most of the opportunities of living in modern Britain.

In July 2018, we launched the LGBT Action Plan, setting out comprehensive commitments on LGBT equality. These actions aim to help all LGBT people, of all backgrounds and faiths, reach their full potential.

From our commitment to end conversion therapy to using behavioural insights to tackle deep-seated prejudices, this government is committed to building a society that works for everyone, regardless of faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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