Equality Alliance launched

Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights

Over 70 organisations relaunched the ‘Campaign for Equality Standing Forum’ as the ‘EQUALITY ALLIANCE’ on Saturday 4th April at the Conway Hall, London.

In an unprecedented turning point in the history of gay politics this decade, over 70 national gay rights and international human rights organisations have voted unanimously to coordinate their efforts and work together in a new national offensive. This historic moment marks a turning point in the renewed anger at the unwillingness of the ‘new’ Labour Government to repeal discriminatory laws.

Organisations continue to join the alliance on a daily basis. The EQUALITY ALLIANCE, now including Amnesty International (World-wide + UK), Trade Unions and existing fora such as Scotland’s Equality Network and the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association, together with the majority of established national gay rights organisations, charities and trusts now collectively represents over 6.1 million people.

The EQUALITY ALLIANCE has 3 clear aims and objectives:

  1. to apply maximum pressure on Government bodies and other institutions to end discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people;
  2. to coordinate campaigning;
  3. to increase intergroup communication.

The EQUALITY ALLIANCE will initially focus the following high-priority issues:

  • Human Rights Bill;
  • Age of Consent and Sexual Offences;
  • Section 28 and the Pride March;
  • Employment Rights, Homophobic Hate Crimes and the Crime and Disorder Bill.

A working group has been tasked to implement the agreed coordination structure, which will facilitate proactive coordination and rapid response mobilisation of groups and individuals as necessary.

The EQUALITY ALLIANCE will no longer tolerate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people being treated as second- and third-class citizens in our modern society. The Government and all members of political parties, and institutions can therefore expect to be fought at every opportunity: in Parliament, in court and on the streets by a new coordinated and powerful movement.

The EQUALITY ALLIANCE is therefore requesting a meeting with senior MP’s of all political parties in order to end discrimination on the grounds of Sexual Orientation.

Any organisation or individual can join the EQUALITY ALLIANCE and help end the injustice and discrimination that we all face on a daily basis.

For further information and a complete list of organisations within the EQUALITY ALLIANCE ring 07050-61.06.34.