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Commission for Equality and Human Rights

February 2006

The setting up of a single equality commission – the (CEHR) - will create the first statutory body to protect Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual population.

The Equality Act 2006 - which establishes the CEHR - gained Royal assent on 16 February 2006.

The CEHR, with Trevor Griffiths as its Chief Executive, took over from the three 'legacy' Commissions (covering , gender and ) in October 2007.

The Midlands Regional hub of the CEHR wasted little time in contacting the to establish positive working relationships with the lesbian and gay community in the Region.

The CEHR will promote an inclusive agenda, underlining the importance of equality for all in society as well as working to combat affecting specific groups including people, and lesbians and gay men, and of course people with multiple identities. It will promote equal opportunities for all and tackle barriers to social and economic participation. The Commission will cover the six strands of equality - age, disability, race, religion & belief, gender and sexual orientation, as well as human rights. They are keen to look at bringing together the different strands.

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