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Assembly Member marks LGBT month

Welsh Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson, Peter Black has welcomed the fact that February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month.

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public as well as celebrate the lives and achievements of individuals from the LGBT community.

Mr Black said: "It is important to recognise and celebrate the incredible contributions made by members of the LGBT community in our region, and across the whole of Wales. Events taking place this month do just that.

"I am proud of the fact that Liberal Democrats in Wales and throughout the UK have been at the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality for decades.

"We have the best record in the UK Parliament of any political party on LGBT equality issues, and we will continue to develop and promote progressive policies for LGBT people.

"Here in Wales, it was the Welsh Liberal Democrats who brought about the first ever debate in the Assembly on issues affecting our Welsh Transgender community back in November of 2014.

"We must never forget the tens of thousands of gay people who were so brutally persecuted and executed at the hands of the Nazis, simply because of their sexuality.

"Any memorial remembering the Holocaust should recognise the persecution of non-Jewish victims whilst maintaining the centrality of the six million murdered Jews."

Notes to editors

LGBT month 2015 marks the twelfth anniversary of the abolition of section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship."

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