The Bristol Liberal Democrats Silver Motion on LGBT+ mental health provision was approved unanimously by all councillors at last nights Full Council meeting (6th July). The motion calls for the creation of a strategic plan to improve LGBT+ mental health, as well as greater surveying of the LGBT+ community to understand the issues, and more outreach within the Council and to schools to make sure these groups receive adequate treatment.
Cllr Alex Hartley, who proposed the motion with a personal speech reflecting on his own experiences of sexuality and mental health said “It is great that councillors from all parties were able to come together to back this motion. The statistics around LGBT+ mental health are really shocking, and we need to do more to help a community in need. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Pride Month than by securing a motion to improve the wellbeing of LGBT+ people across Bristol.
Cllr Jos Clark, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, said “The Liberal Democrats will always fight for the marginalised communities of Bristol, and by working cross-party, we were able to achieve real success. It is also fitting that in the Full Council closest to PRIDE month that we were able to pass a motion that will have large benefits for the LGBT+ community in Bristol.”
The text of the motion can be found here.
Great that my motion on LGBT+ Mental Health protection passed unaminously at @BristolCouncil last night. Can't think of a better way to celebrate #Pride2021 than a motion that will improve the wellbeing of the LGBT+ community in Bristol 🏳️🌈 @BristolPride @LGBTBristol @LGBTLD pic.twitter.com/is3T8fIPdJ— Cllr Alex Hartley (@Hartley4Hotwell) July 7, 2021