The LGBT Foundation can trace its roots back 40 years when it was launched to provide support for gay men coming out following the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Today they provide a range of support services to 40,000 people a year in the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities. Their CEO, Paul Martin, spoke to Thomas Barrett about why hate crime is on the rise and when we might see the first trans MP. What’s top of the agenda at the foundation? Recently we’ve worked a lot with Government. There’s going to be an LGBT action plan launched soon and we’ve worked with them trying to shape that to the needs of LGBT people in Greater Manchester and the north-west. We hope it will promise significant movement, particularly around public services being more inclusive. There needs to be better monitoring of sexual orientation and of the trans status of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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