International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

19 May 2014 11:34 AM

Equalities Minister Sajid Javid highlights the work the UK is doing in advancing LGB&T rights. 

Yesterday marked International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia(IDAHOT), an important date that raises awareness about people around the world who have suffered from hate or prejudice because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Minister for Equalities Sajid Javid said:

Everyone should be treated fairly and with respect. This government will continue to actively promote equality here and abroad. I hope everyone will join me in raising their voices against discrimination wherever it occurs.

The International Lesbian and Gay association’s (ILGA) 2014 Rainbow Mapranked the UK number one in Europe for LGBT rights. Britain has been placed in the top spot for the last three years scoring 82% this year, an increase of 5% since 2013. The ILGA tracks the status and promotes the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people, publishing its rights map each year.

Here are just some of the things we’ve done to remove barriers and improve the lives of LGB&T people in the UK: