A co-ordinated partnership approach
It is essential that there is a co-ordinated approach so as to ensure effective joint working across government in relation to the sexual orientation strategic actions that impact on LGB people.
We recommend the effective involvement of LGB people in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of strategic actions. The Commission recommends that steps are taken to build the capacity of the LGB sector.
In particular, LGB individuals and representative organisations can play a key role in helping employers, service providers and others to implement strategic actions. They are able to provide a source of advice and training which reflects their expert knowledge of issues affecting LGB individuals. In addition the Commission is of the view that in order to challenge fear, ignorance and prejudice which exists in relation to LGB individuals, it is essential that the heterosexual individuals are able to positively interact with LGB individuals.
It is important that the LGB sector has the resources and to support and enable it to bring forward such proactive initiatives. In addition, building the capacity of the sector will help it to proactively engage with local councils and other community planning partners, in the event that the proposed community planning framework is developed and implemented.
It is also essential that the particular needs of LGB people in local communities are addressed through new community plans.