To distract from their failings, the Tories and their friends in the media are whipping up anti-LGBTQ+ hysteria. Xenophobia and racism are on the rise, Islamophobia is widespread and the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community find themselves targeted by harsh new laws. This isn’t the tolerant and fair Britain that we are so often told about. This is a Britain in which your ethnicity, religion, gender and sexuality continue to shape your life chances.
We need to deal with the recent threats to the rights of minority groups as a matter of urgency. But we must go further than that, building a society grounded in dignity and respect and truly comfortable with diversity. The state has a role to play in this mission, especially in areas such as healthcare and education, but grassroots action will be just as important. Through working-class solidarity we can overcome false divisions, coming together to defeat the scourges of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and antisemitism.
Implement a system of self-identification (Self-ID), allowing trans people to obtain their appropriate gender marker without a medical diagnosis and without permission from their spouse.
Ban all conversion therapy and allow trans people access to gender-appropriate hormone therapy under informed consent.
Transform the referral pathway and functionality of Gender Identity Clinics, making it easier and quicker for trans and non-binary people to access specialist healthcare and mental health support.
Scrap the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which effectively criminalises the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, and increase the quantity and geographical spread of legal sites for this community.
Adopt the definition of Islamophobia produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Muslims: "Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness".
Scrap the Prevent programme, which treats Muslims as potential criminals and fuels Islamophobia.
Adopt the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: "Antisemitism is discrimination, prejudice, hostility or violence against Jews as Jews (or Jewish institutions as Jewish)."
Explore the rolling out of name-blind recruitment practices to stop name-based discrimination.
Make period products free for all and ban the use of toxic chemicals in period products.
Give sex workers the same rights as other workers and introduce the New Zealand model, in which sex workers and those seeking their services are decriminalised.
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