Iceland publishes robust LGBTQ+ action plan which puts the UK to shame

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10/01/2022

Iceland has published its action plan on LGBTQ+ issues for the years 2022 to 2025, which includes an end to discrimination for queer blood donors, training in LGBTQ+ issues for police, “appropriate and unbiased” healthcare for trans people, and more. The country’s parliament is also pledging 40 million Icelandic Króna (around £250,000) to support ministries’ LGBTQ+ projects within that time period. The UK used to have an LGBTQ+ action plan, established in 2018 under Theresa May’s Conservative government, which included meaningful reform of the Gender Recognition Act and the banning of conversion therapy in all its forms. Neither of those things has come to pass and in 2021, then-equalities minister and now-prime minister Liz Truss suggested the government’s commitment to the plan had been abandoned entirely.

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