Friday, June 9, 2023

More support and more gender neutral loos needed LGBT survey reveals

Carmarthenshire’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community would like to see more support groups as well as gender neutral toilets, a recent survey has revealed.

It comes after Supportive Councils – including 10 authorities across Wales – asked the LGBT community at this year’s Pride Cymru event for feedback to help improve council services now and in the future.

The survey also showed that lack of understanding of LGBT needs was amongst the barriers faced by people accessing public services.

Those who responded to the survey called for more support in the form of community groups, events to help raise public awareness, and more education in schools. Many cited that fear of criticism or judgement was another issue they face.

The full survey results will now be discussed with community groups, through Equality Carmarthenshire, a Forum which brings together a range of groups who represent the protected characteristics. Feedback will also be given to services within the council.

Cllr Linda Evans, executive board member for equalities for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve our services. This survey together with speaking to people face to face at the Pride Cymru event, has given us an insight into some of the challenges faced by the LGBT community and how as a council we can help.

“We would like to thank everyone who gave us feedback as part of our surveys, and once again look forward to next year’s Pride Cymru event.”

Supportive Councils have committed to promote equalities in public services and remove the barriers faced by LGBT people.

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