Peter Gibson MP attended and contributed to a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday, 19.10.23 about hate crime against the LGBT+ community. During the debate, Peter opened highlighting that he was speaking in the “most LGBT+ represented Parliament in the world”.
He went onto emphasise that “We often reflect on how far we have come: same-sex marriage, equalised age of consent, the ban in the armed forces lifted, and the welcome recent apology by the Prime Minister for our LGBT veterans. However, the very fact that we are having this debate and the shocking statistics underlying it mean that there is no room for complacency.”
Peter raised how the figures for hate crime against LGBT+ people are deeply worrying and pressed the Minister present to ensure measures were being taken to drive down these statistics.
Concluding his remarks, Peter reinforced his call to the Minister to end conversion therapy and ended by saying: “This debate gives us an important opportunity to press the Minister to do more, and be seen to do more, to drive down the shocking statistics.”