The Northern Ireland Assembly election takes place on Thursday 5 May 2016, but what do the main political parties in Northern Ireland say about LGBT specific issues in their 2016 Assembly manifestos?
If you don’t have the time to read all the manifestos then check out our quick look guide below!
The Alliance Party have a specific section in their manifesto relating to LGBT issues:
Alliance has long supported the improvement of rights afforded to the LGBT community, who often face discrimination on a wide range of issues. Our priorities for improving the rights of LGBT people include:
You can read the full Alliance Party manifesto here
The DUP makes no explicit reference to the LGB&T community in their manifesto but do make a comment on marriage:
(The DUP has) stood by its commitment to family values and marriage and will continue to do so.
You can read the full DUP manifesto in full here
Within their main manifesto the Green Party state the following:
Green Party will:
The Green Party also have a ‘Queer Greens’ manifesto which is LGBT specific.
You can view both Green Party manifestos in full here
Within their manifesto the SDLP state:
You can view the SDLP manifesto in full here
Within Sinn Féin’s manifesto they state that they will:
You can view the Sinn Féin manifesto in full here
The Ulster Unionists have a specific section in their manifesto relating to LGBT issues:
We want to build a Northern Ireland that is inclusive and safe for all our people, and that includes the LGB&T community. Our society should have no cold spots for anyone because of their sexual or gender identity. In the next mandate we want to see zero tolerance of hate-crime, tackle the high levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings and self-harm and stamp out homophobic and transphobic bullying in the classroom. We would:
• Bring forward the long awaited Sexual Orientation Strategy;
• Equip our teachers to effectively deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying in our schools;
• Support the toughening of sentences for aggravated crime;
• Support the introduction of a Gender Neutral HPV vaccine;
• Work with local agencies to tackle poor levels of mental health and wellbeing in the LGB&T community;
• Bring restrictions on the donation of MSM blood in line with the rest of the United Kingdom;
• Support age-appropriate sex and relationship education
You can view the UUP manifesto in full here