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Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith to face off in special debate on LGBT+ issues

11 March 2016

The candidates will be asked about their plans for LGBT+ Londoners (Photograph: Pride in London)

The candidates vying to be London’s next mayor will be grilled about their plans to improve life for LGBT+ Londoners on the first day of the official campaign.

All of the major candidates – including the two leading contenders, Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith – will participate in a mayoral hustings hosted by Pride in London. ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand will chair the debate.

The debate will be centred on Pride in London’s pledge for politicians. The pledge is a commitment to make London the best LGBT+ city in the world. It is built around a set of policy proposals in three key areas: safety, health, and visibility for LGBT+ Londoners.

In addition to the Labour and Conservative candidates, also participating in the debate are Liberal Democrat candidate Caroline Pidgeon, Green Party candidate Sian Berry and UKIP candidate Peter Whittle. The event will be held at The Law Society in London on 21 March 2016.

The LGBT+ community is a significant sector of the London electorate - perhaps more so than in any other part of the UK. Our votes matter just as much as anyone else's, and I look forward to asking the candidates the questions that voters want answered, so that we can hear what each of them has to offer.
Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent and Chair of the Mayoral Hustings

Growing numbers of London’s politicians, including the Labour and Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green Party candidates for mayor, have signed our Pledge which calls for specific actions to be taken in the key areas of health, personal safety and equal treatment to improve life for LGBT+ Londoners. This hustings will give the LGBT+ community a chance to grill each of the main candidates on issues specific to the LGBT+ community and others that are important to all Londoners. This is a key plank of Pride in London’s mission to provide a platform for the LGBT+ community to make its voices heard and those who cannot attend in person can take part on Twitter.
Stephen Ward, Deputy Chair of Pride in London

  • Notes for editors

    The Pride in London Hustings, taking place on the first official day of the mayoral campaign, is open to the press. Candidates will be available from 6pm for interviews however slots are limited and will need to be reserved and confirmed through Candidates and/or their representatives will also be available following the hustings for further questions. Then hustings will take place at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL.

    Pride in London’s pledge for politicians calls for specific actions in three key areas: safety, health, and visibility for LGBT+ Londoners. Proposals include raising awareness and improving reporting mechanisms around hate crimes against LGBT+ people in London, including same-sex relationship education in all London schools, developing better approaches to dealing with domestic abuse in same-sex relationships, and making healthcare services, particularly around sexual health, HIV prevention and mental health problems, more accessible for LGBT+ Londoners.

    Pride in London provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual, genderqueer and gender variant people) to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. Pride in London is a festival, from 13 to 26 June, celebrating all aspects of the LGBT+ community. In 2015 one million people came to Pride in London and over 40,000 people joined the annual Parade, which is the city’s biggest one-day event and one of the world’s biggest LGBT+ celebrations. This year’s Parade takes place on Saturday, 25th June, alongside entertainment and campaigning in Trafalgar Square and Soho.

    Since 2014, Pride in London has also mounted social media, PR and advertising campaigns bringing the Pride campaign for LGBT+ equality to massive audiences. #FreedomTo in 2014 and #PrideHeroes in 2015 reached hundreds of millions through traditional and new media channels, providing a platform for the community to campaign together to change attitudes towards LGBT+ people. Another exciting campaign is planned for 2016, with the theme to be announced in the spring.

    Pride is London is organised by London LGBT+ Community Pride, a Community Interest Company run entirely by volunteers. The board of Pride in London is advised by the independent Community Advisory Board.

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