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Women and New LabourEngendering politics and policy?$
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Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Kirstein Rummery

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348289

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.001.0001

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New Labour and ‘lesbian- and gay-friendly’ policy

New Labour and ‘lesbian- and gay-friendly’ policy

(p.193) Ten New Labour and ‘lesbian- and gay-friendly’ policy
Women and New Labour

R. Wilson Angelia

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This chapter addresses a range of policies championed by New Labour that have had an impact on the lives of lesbian and gay citizens. It also considers the impact of Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act in relation to education in more detail. However, it is worth giving this brief policy history to set the stage for the election of New Labour in 1997 and to keep in perspective any feelings of gratitude or claims of the advent of a British lesbian and gay utopia. New Labour implemented wide-ranging ‘friendly’ policies in the areas of civil partnership, parenting, and education; each of which is discussed here in turn. The Women's Equality Unit (WEU) has undoubtedly supported legal and policy changes that would incorporate, socially include, and politically enfranchise lesbians and gay men. In general, New Labour has been the most ‘lesbian- and gay-friendly’ government in history.

Keywords:   New Labour, lesbian, gay, Section 28, Local Government Act, education, friendly policies

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