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UK Equalities Minister due to attend Sochi Winter Olympics

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Dec 2013, 7:57pm

    Perfect choice but I onlyi hope Cameron follows Hollande’s and Obama’s examples by not going. I’m hoping more EU Presidents and Prime Ministers get on board.

    1. I think you can take it from this news that Cameron won’t be going to Sochi, and is sending pro-LGBT, pro-equality Ministers to make the point even more obvious.

  2. Sherry Kelly 19 Dec 2013, 6:24pm

    Misses Grant & Miller are members of a Government that has washed their hands of the safe housing of LGBT Homeless Youth by giving Local Councils free reigns to set their own rules under the Localism Act 2011.

    Sarah Harding, LibDem Chairperson of Liberal Youth & Richard Barnes, the former Tory LGBT Deputy Mayor of London have confirmed to me, in the words of Mr. Barnes, there are “no specific policies for LGBT youth with regard to housing or anything else”.

    Ms. Harding owes the policy absence on the Localism Act which puts the onus of LGBT homeless youth housing square on the local councils with absolutely no oversight by Parliament & no minimum standards or guidelines.

    Ms. Harding informs me that “Local authority, in principle, should have initiatives to ensure LBGTQ youth are not oppressed within their shelters. Charities and religious groups undertake this as a moral principle, however there is (to my knowledge) no law or statute that ensures they must do this.”

    1. I think your point is viable, however, there are many, many people homeless not just LGBT youth, its a complex situation especially in regards to things like the ‘hidden homeless’ and the problem of social housing. Am not sure how this argument fits with sending people to Sochi. I want to write more but I fear upsetting people but there other prerogatives that government need to work on in regards to housing. I have been in sheltered housing as 21 year old lesbian I know the problems which are about but there are greater needs to be sorted out before we start pigeon holing different sections of society. We do not have this type of money anymore. The government departments have to be careful with the purse strings at the moment. I advocate more joined up government in these circumstances. The equalities department have there hands tied its not there fault that money is just not there at the moment. Am all for a for a form of social stratification which supports LGBT community

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