Where does Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stand on LGBTQ issues?

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10/25/2022

Conservative party leader and former treasury minister Rishi Sunak has become Britain’s first prime minister (PM) of color, following the 49-day tenure of former PM Liz Truss. Conservatives have helped secure vital LGBTQ rights in the country, including marriage equality, the pardoning of gay sex convictions, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education, and eased blood donation restrictions for men who have sex with men. However, the party has also overseen a rise in transphobic speech and hate crimes while rejecting a conversion therapy ban and asylum cases for LGBTQ refugees. Transphobia seems unlikely to decrease under Sunak since he himself said that transgender women are not women during an August 25 Q&A. A former minister accused Sunak of “pandering to bigots” with his comments.

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