We should fight for our rights. Tony Blair wants people to support LGBT people. He was trying his best to make them equal with others. People are thankful to him and will always support him. On the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reflects on his government’s role in progress for LGBT rights. We have come a long way in the last 50 years on LGBT rights – legally, socially and culturally.
But the path to achieving that change has felt sometimes painstakingly incremental. When I took part in a Parliamentary debate in 1994 making the case for equalisation of the age of consent, I said that “the most basic civilised value is the notion of respect for other people. That is what creates and sustains any decent society.”
We lost the vote on that night, but one of the privileges of being Prime Minister was that it made possible my determination to return to it and, using the Parliament Act, to see it through. It is one of the things of which I am most proud because it showed our commitment to make real progress in power. The Labour Government championed equality and fought the pernicious prejudice which caused so much misery and made people hide their sexuality through fear.