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30 LGBT MPs call for Britain to stay in the EU to protect gay rights

2016-05-18
30 LGBT MPs and members of the House of Lords have signed a cross-party letter calling for Britain to vote and stay in the EU in order to protect the rights of the LGBT community. The letter was published to coincide with yesterday's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17), and highlights few examples of how the LGBT community has benefited from Britain’s membership with the EU. “LGBTI people are more secure in our jobs – Europe introduced laws preventing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. We’re safer travelling across Europe and the world – the EU protects and promotes human rights, and it prioritizes action to end discrimination against the LGBTI community,” a statement from Britain's 'Stronger In' campaign says. The letter also states that the membership promotes recognition of same-sex marriage  and says that there is still “more to be done.” “This year the EU hopes to secure agreement on the advancement of LGBTI equality covering education, employment, healthy, asylum across all 28 member states.” Wes Streeting MP, who signed the letter, said: “Being a part of the European Union has been fundamental in the progression of LGBT rights in the UK by helping to fight discrimination in the workplace and across society more generally. Leaving the EU would be a backwards step for the LGBT community and is a move that we must resist. That is made clear by the overwhelming supper for today’s letter.” You can find a list of all 30 MPs who signed the letter below: Angela Crawley MP Angela Eagle MP Ben Howlett MP Ben Bradshaw MP Chris Bryant MP David Mundell MP Gerald Jones MP Gordon Marsden MP Hannah Bardell MP Joanna Cherry MP John Nicolson MP Margot James MP Martin Docherty – Hughes MP Mike Freer MP Nia Griffith MP Nick Boles MP Nick Herbert MP Stephen Doughty MP Steve Reed MP Stephen Twigg MP Stewart McDonald MP Peter Kyle MP Wes Streeting MP Baroness Elizabeth Barker Lord Guy Black Lord Michael Cashman Lord Ray Collins Baroness Jenny Hilton Lord Jonathan Oates Lord Brian Paddick The referendum on Britain's membership of the EU is on June 23. More stories: Watch Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato join James Corden for Carpool karaoke Watch the first trailer for Mariah arey’s new reality show Mariah’s World