Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, has announced that Linda Riley and Anthony Watson will help her look at the continuing challenges facing the global LGBT+ community.
Dawn Butler MP made the announcement at an LGBT+ History Month reception in the Houses of Parliament today (Monday 26 February). She also said that there will be a new advisory panel made up of leading LGBT+ activists.
Equalities expert Linda Riley, the publisher of OutNews Global and DIVA magazine, founder of European Diversity Awards and co-founder of the British LGBT Awards, will work with entrepreneur and prominent international LGBT+ activist, Anthony Watson.
Watson is a leading British business and technology entrepreneur. He sits of the boards of several international companies and charities and is recognised internationally for his business, global advocacy and charity work.
In 2013 Anthony became the first non-US citizen (and first British Citizen) to be appointed to the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBT+ media advocacy organisation. In addition, he is a Patron of Diversity Role Models, the UK based LGBT+ anti-bullying charity.
Watson will lead of LGBT+ issues and Linda Riley will advise on wider diversity and inclusion matters.
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, said:
“It is important for me to hear from people with lived experiences so the views of the LGBT+ community are properly represented. Many challenges still face LGBT+ people in the UK and internationally and it is my job to help formulate policy to tackle the injustices that remain and make sure society is truly equal for everyone.
“I am thrilled that Anthony and Linda have agreed to accept my invitation to work with me. We have a lot of work to do and I very much look forward to getting underway.”
Anthony Watson said:
“All major developments in LGBT+ rights have taken place under Labour governments and, as such, it is a great honour, privilege and responsibility to be working with Dawn on LGBT+ matters. Whilst our community has come a long way, we still have a long way to go. I will work hard with Dawn and the LGBT+ community to ensure that our country, under a Labour Government, advances and protect the rights of our community whilst also addressing the historical injustices we have endured.”
Linda Riley said:
“Dawn Butler is drawing on the knowledge of a wide range of individuals to ensure that diversity and equality is at the heart of Labour’s policy development. I am very much looking forward to working with Dawn. There is a lot of work to do and together we will build a society that is fair and equal for all.”