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As part of the government's New Action to Promote LGBT Equality, it has launched a national survey in a bid to discover more about the British LGBT experience. The government's Equalities Office launched the survey on July 23rd and hopes to reach around 1.5 million LGBT people across the UK.

Designed to allow the LGBT community to share their experiences and opinions on public services and policies, the anonymous survey is open to all who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Those with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity and who are over the age of 16 are also eligible to take part.

The survey should give the government a better understanding of the LGBT experience throughout the country, including the types of discrimination the community faces. The government also hopes that it will pinpoint how public services need to be changed to better reflect the needs of the LGBT community.

Other measures due to come into effect include a consultation of the legal system in regards to gender transition, the deferral blood donation period for men who have had intercourse with men and the Gender Recognition Act. this comes ahead of the 50-year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Justine Greening, the minister for Women and Equalities, said: “This government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality and today we’re taking the next step forward

“We will build on the significant progress we have made over the past 50 years, tackling some of the historic prejudices that still persist in our laws and giving LGBT people a real say on the issues affecting them.”

It is asked that no identifying information, such as addresses, names or social media handles be included in any of your answers. Those filling in the survey also have the option of saving it and returning to complete it at another time. You can take part in the survey here.