A group of LGBT+ Labor candidates have pledged to ‘give a voice’ to LGBT+ people in Birmingham if they are elected in the next municipal elections. After a sharp increase in homophobic hate crimes in town, the candidates gathered at the Gay Village to assure the community that “no victim will be ignored”.
The 2022 Birmingham City Council Elections are due to be held on May 5, 2022 – with all 101 councilor seats up for grabs. If elected, there will be a record number of openly LGBT+ councilors representing Work in the city.
David Barker, who is one of the Labor Party candidates for the Brandwood & moor of kings ward, said growing up that he “never saw people like him in politics”.
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“In every community, culture and country, there has always been LGBT+ people . Birmingham is no different.
“I organized this group photo today to show everyone in Birmingham – from scared and lonely children to homophobes trying to divide communities – that the Labor Party will stand with LGBT+ people and make them heard in all the city.
“Growing up, gay politicians were amusing or mocking characters in the news, as if being gay was something wrong to keep hidden. In May, we have the opportunity to send a message that Birmingham is an inclusive and open city, by electing the most diverse Labor group in Council history.
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The group was joined by several serving members of the Labor Council. Councilor John Cotton, a cabinet member responsible for social inclusion, community safety and equalities, said the group wanted to “celebrate the diversity of our candidates”.
“If our candidates are elected, then in May we will have a more diverse union group than ever, which will make us more representative of the city we serve.
“I am proud of the steps that Birmingham City Council has taken under this labor administration to make our city a better place for everyone, and our Everybody Fights, Everybody Takes Care of Business strategy defines our ambition to continue this work in the years to come.
Cllr Nicky Brennan, Victims Commissioner for the West Midlands, said she was ‘proud’ to support all of the LGBT+ Labor candidates in the running.
“Birmingham is an incredibly young and diverse city, but Homophobic hate crimes are on the rise. By having a team of LGBT+ voices on council, representing the LGBT+ community, we can ensure that no victim goes unnoticed and that Birmingham is a better city for everyone to live in.
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