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The Green Party has launched its LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) Manifesto for the upcoming general election.
The launch took place in Brighton, with keynote speakers Caroline Lucas Green MEP, and LGBT human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
The Greens claim they are offering "the strongest, most comprehensive and radical LGBT equality policies of any party."
These are six core policies in the Greens LGBT General Election Manifesto:
(1) Open up civil marriages and civil partnerships, without discrimination, to both same-sex and opposite sex couples.
(2) Require all police forces to have LGBT Liaison Officers with paid time allocated within their work schedules to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.
(3) End the blanket, lifetime ban on gay and bisexual blood donors.
(4) Amend the Equality Bill/Act to provide explicit protection against harassment to LGBT people.
(5) Refuse visas and work permits to "murder music" singers and others who incite homophobic and transphobic violence.
(6) Ensure safe haven and refugee status for LGBT people fleeing persecution in violently homophobic and transphobic counties.
Caroline Lucas, Leader of the Green Party, stated:
"We believe that all police forces should have LGBT Liaison Officers with paid time allocated within their work schedules to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.
Labour's Equality Bill is wrong to deny protection against harassment to LGBT people. The Green Party proposes re-writing the Mental Health Act to remove trans people from the Psychiatric Disorder Register and we would ensure LGBT awareness training for all teachers to create a safe, supportive environment for LGBT staff and students."
Peter Tatchell commented on the launch:
"The Green Party will go into the General Election as the only party campaigning for full marriage and partnership equality. We are calling for civil marriages and civil partnerships to be open to both same-sex and opposite sex couples, without discrimination. We reaffirm our opposition to the blanket, lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood."
Phelim Mac Cafferty, National Spokesperson for LGBT Greens added:
"Our launch consciously coincided with the Conservatives' Spring conference as we want to highlight the Tories' continuous failure to commit to LGBT equality, whether that's over the Shadow Cabinet's votes against access to fertility treatment for lesbian and bi women or David Cameron's own vote against gay adoption.
 85 per cent of those eligible in the Conservative Shadow Cabinet voted for the hated homophobic Section 28
 while 90% voted against an equal age of consent and today Tories continue to oppose the Equalities Bill in the House of Lords.
"While the Conservatives voted against Clause 61 of the Coroners & Justice Bill, (outlawing homophobic hate speech),
 Greens are using the general election period and our specific LGBT manifesto to send out a clear call that homophobic and transphobic crimes need, urgently, to be dealt with on a par with racist crimes.
"We believe that we offer the strongest, most comprehensive and radical LGBT equality policies of any party," he said.
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