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Hull City Council has taken a historic step towards safeguarding the rights and safety of LGBTQIA+ individuals within the city, responding to urgent calls from activists such as Hull Pledge. Spearheaded by Councillor Steve Wilson and seconded by Councillor Holly Burton, this groundbreaking motion represents a watershed moment in Hull's commitment to inclusivity and protection of marginalised communities. Passed unanimously, this motion comes at a critical juncture where LGBTQIA+ individuals are disproportionately subjected to the looming threat of violent crimes. The council's decisive action underscores a previously lacking firm stance against discrimination and presents a starting point for further action against hate crimes in the city.


Labour Councillor, and former Lord Mayor, Steve Wilson has served as a stalwart advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights within the community. As a gay man, he has drawn upon his own experiences of discrimination, particularly during challenging periods such as the era of Section 28, to passionately champion the needs and rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Throughout his tenure, Wilson has consistently utilised his platform to amplify the voices of marginalised communities and push for tangible change. His decision to propose this landmark motion, aimed at protecting LGBTQIA+ people in the city, stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication. Remarkably, this motion also marks Wilson's final act as a councillor, as he retires from his role, leaving behind a legacy of resilience, advocacy, and progressive change.


In a powerful moment during the council session, Lib Dem Councillor Holly Burton seized the opportunity to second the motion, using her platform as a cisgender woman to elevate the voices of trans women who often face disproportionate levels of violence and vilification. With compassion and conviction, Burton unequivocally expressed her unwavering support for trans women, rejecting the harmful rhetoric perpetuated by certain members of the government and the rising far-right movement. In her poignant address, she boldly affirmed that trans women pose no inherent risk to the public, challenging the damaging stereotypes and prejudices that continue to pervade society. By lending her voice to amplify the call for inclusivity and protection, Burton exemplified the importance of solidarity and allyship in combating discrimination and fostering a more compassionate and understanding community which is desperately needed.


With unanimous support, the council boldly affirmed its dedication to protecting LGBTQIA+ individuals within the city, signalling a decisive step towards fostering a safer and more supportive environment for all residents. This landmark decision not only acknowledges the pressing need to address the risks and challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community but also underscores the city's unwavering resolve to actively work towards solutions. In this pivotal moment, Hull City Council has set a powerful example for communities everywhere, demonstrating the profound impact that collective action and solidarity can have in advancing the rights and well-being of marginalised groups.


How will this action come to pass? Well, in response to an additional query posed by Councillor Steve Wilson, Council Leader Mike Ross affirmed the council's commitment to supporting Hull Pledge, whose goals centre around making Hull a safe city for LGBTQIA+ people. Ross highlighted ongoing discussions with Hull Pledge and pledged to sustain the council's backing for our objectives. This reaffirmation of support underscores the council's dedication to collaborative efforts aimed at creating an inclusive and secure environment for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community within the city.


Losing the objectivity; I completely welcome the Councils move to not only pass this motion unanimously, committing to protecting and supporting LGBTQIA+ people in Hull, but also committing on record to continuing support for Hull Pledge, having recently opened extremely productive lines of communication regarding healthcare inequality, hate crimes, and street safety.

The continuation of this is imperative, as Steve said in his motion, people cant just say they're an ally to ease their conscience; there must be tangible action.

Charlie Overfield




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