There have been a lot of advances in equalities legislation affecting LGBTQ+ people during the 21st century. For example:
- The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 made the age of consent equal for everybody at 16
- The Gender Recognition Act 2004 gave trans people the right to legally change their gender
- The Equality Act 2010 introduced nine protected characteristics, which included sexual orientation and gender reassignment
- The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 introduced equal marriage in most of the UK
It is vitally important that LGBT young people are able to keep informed about their legal and civil rights and how we can begin to use these rights in a way that will make a difference to all of our lives and change them for the better. Discrimination against our communities is a breach of our fundamental human right to equal treatment and respect for individual dignity.
It is important that we are able to stand up and fight discrimination faced by LGBT people because of our sexual orientation and/or gender identity.