Stockport Liberal Democrats are working to ensure that the needs of bisexual employees and residents are reflected in council training and that the annual Bi Visibility Day is marked by flying the bisexual pride flag and by lighting up the town hall in its pink, purple and blue colours.
Cllr Lisa Smart, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Stockport Council, is delighted to propose a motion to this effect at the next Full Council meeting, written with support from members of BiPhoria, Manchester.
Cllr Smart, said, “As a society, we have definitely made progress on LGBT+ Equality over the past few decades but there is still a distance to travel. On Thursday evening we will be talking about the barriers still faced by those members of our community who are bisexual.
“More than one in four bisexual employees hide their sexuality at work, compared with one in six among gay and lesbian employees. Bisexual people are more likely to experience mental health problems in general and are twice as likely to experience depression and/or anxiety.
“Often in the council chamber we can have robust debates and strong disagreements about issues. My hope is that we can unite and come together to support the bisexual members of our community, take some steps to celebrate the bisexual community and let them know that they are valued in Stockport.”
In the photograph below are Cllrs Lisa Smart and Mark Hunter along with Jen Yockney MBE, who received her honour for services to the bisexual community, with other Liberal Democrats, all holding the bisexual pride flag.