Liberal Democrats

F32: Supporting Trans and Non-Binary People Within the Liberal Democrats

Motion as passed by conference

Chair: Cara Jenkinson (Vice Chair, FCC). Debate Aide: Geoff Payne (Chair, FCC). Technical Aide: Jennie Rigg.

F32 Supporting Trans and Non-Binary People Within the Liberal Democrats

LGBT+ Liberal Democrats

Mover: Fraser Graham.

Summation: Charley Hasted.

Conference notes that:

  1. The trans community has been subjected to widespread attack within the media in recent years.
  2. The UK Government has shelved proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act despite 70% of respondents to the Government's consultation being in favour of self-definition.
  3. There has yet to be a trans or non-binary individual elected to be a member of the House of Commons.
  4. All individuals should be able to be addressed using pronouns with which they are comfortable.
  5. All individuals should be able to use toilet facilities at conferences without fear of harassment.

Conference believes that:

  1. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are non-binary.
  2. People are free to define their gender as they choose, and that choice should be respected.
  3. All party members should feel able to attend party conferences and events without fear of harassment or discrimination due to their gender identity or presentation.

Conference calls for:

  1. Liberal Democrat HQ and all venues for federal and regional conferences to have at least one gender-neutral toilet facility; this should be separate from the accessible toilet facility and should be clearly signposted within the venue.
  2. Conference passes to include preferred pronouns for all attendees, with all attendees permitted to specify their preferred pronouns at the time of registration or to opt not to have pronouns shown on their pass.
  3. Speakers cards for conference debates to allow for pronouns to be specified to allow those moderating debates to address speakers by their preferred pronouns.
  4. Presenters, chairs and stewards at party events and training sessions to be given guidance on avoiding unnecessarily gendered language.

Applicability: Federal.

Mover: 7 minutes; summation of motion and movers and summation of any amendments: 4 minutes; all other speakers: 3 minutes.

For eligibility and procedure for speaking in this debate, see page 6.

The deadline for amendments to this motion is 13.00, Monday 14 September; see page 8. Amendments selected for debate will be printed in Conference Extra and Sunday's Conference Daily.

The deadline for requests for separate votes is 10.00, Sunday 27 September; see page 5.

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