Trump's transgender ban shows battle for LBGT+ rights far from won
Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has warned that Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the US military shows the battle for LBGT+ rights is far from won.
In a piece for the Pink News website marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, Vince Cable said:
"President Trump’s re-introduction of the ban on transgender people in the US military this week shows that the battle for LGBT+ rights is far from won.
"The 1967 Act should not be seen so much as the culmination of a long campaign, but an important step on a long road.
"The Trump decision is far from the most egregious example around the world of how people can be treated if they don’t fit into the idea of other peoples’ norms.
"Even in this country, bigotry is still well and truly will us. There are still shocking examples of young people being bullied or suffering depression because of their sexuality. It is incumbent on all of us to make their lives better.
"We live in a Britain that is fairer, kinder and more accepting than half a century ago – but be under no illusions, there is much more work to do."