At the end of July, the Welsh Government published its draft LGBTQ+ Action Plan and began asking the general public for their opinions on it. The consultation gives you the opportunity to have your say on what the Government can do to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Wales.
We need you to come out for equality for all LGBTQ+ people and to help make the Plan as impactful as it can be.
Not sure where to start?
Responding to the consultation is easy and straightforward. We have produced this blog to help you complete the consultation, outlining the questions you can answer and some of the things you may want to cover in your response.
Don’t forget to encourage your friends, colleagues, and family to support the Plan and to respond to the consultation. It's vital that the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies are heard and help shape Wales’s LGBTQ+ Action Plan.
We each have a role to play in creating an equal Wales.
Questions 1, 2 and 3 – Actions and Goals
The first three questions of the consultation ask whether you think the Action Plan will increase equality for LGBTQ+ people in Wales, what you think the priorities of the Plan should be and what you would look to add or take away from the draft Plan.
These questions are a great opportunity for you to think about how you want to welcome the Plan. You may want to use this space to emphasise the importance that the Plan works for all LGBTQ+ people as well as considering its impact on you and other LGBTQ+ people in Wales whilst also providing your own perspective and experiences on what is important to you.
For example, do you have experience of discrimination because of your LGBTQ+ identity or orientation, if so, do you think the Plan would improve this situation or would prevent this happening again? Thinking about the Plan in these terms can help make the policy meaningful to your and others lives.
When answering these questions, you can touch upon the Plan broadly, or focus on areas of the Plan which you are most interested in or have lived experience of. If you are going to be writing a larger response, it may be useful here to break down your answer by theme. The six themes of the Plan are as follows: Human Rights and Recognition; Safety; Home and Communities; Health and Social Care; Education; and the Workplace.
Questions 4, 5 and 6 – Practicalities & Intersectionality
The next three questions are concerned with the resourcing and practicalities of the Plan and on intersectionality. Intersectionality refers to the way in which our identities intersect with one another and how they vary people’s experiences of oppression and discrimination. Here, it may be useful to look at factors such as the timelines of the plan, considering if you think they are realistic or achievable, or even query the budget allocated to making the Plan’s actions a reality.
Questions 4 and 5 asks about challenges which may impact the aims of the Plan being achieved, and what resources will be needed to achieve the Plan.
Question 6 focuses on intersectionality, asking if the Plan covers those who experience multiple marginalisations on the basis of their identity, such as LGBTQ+ people of colour, LGBTQ+ disabled people amongst others. Here, providing lived experience is vitally important, does the Plan reflect your identity, and if not, how can it better speak to all members of the LGBTQ+ community? It could be useful to consider if there are any experiences missing in the Plan. It is important here to state that if you are not from these identities, in your role as an ally, it is valuable to read through the elements of the Plan which contain lived experience of marginalised groups and/or speak to family or friends who may reflect these groups to hear their lived experience.
Questions 7 - 10
These questions relate to more specific questions on the predicted impact of the Plan on the Welsh language and the use of the term LGBTQ+ for the purposes of the Plan. Here, it is important to consider if the Welsh language will be impacted in any positive or negative ways, it may be worth thinking about whether the Plan meaningfully speaks for Welsh language speakers, whether as Welsh is your first language or not. Question 9 asks if the acronym suggested for the Plan, LGBTQ+, is the correct terminology to use. If you believe it is, or if you think alternative terminology would be more accurate and inclusive, then you could state this here.
Question 10 provides the opportunity to present any further thought or suggestions that haven’t been published in the rest of your response. For example, are there any areas of LGBTQ+ experience that are missed in the Plan, or is there anything else you think the Government could do to improve equality for LGBTQ+ people in Wales? If you think so, you can state this here. This is a great opportunity to provide new perspectives on the existing Plan.
It is important that this Plan speaks for all LGBTQ+ people in Wales and it is therefore important that if you have experience of the Welsh language that you specify here how the Plan speaks for you.
We hope you find this guide to the consultation useful and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on: email@example.com where we can help answer any questions you may have.