For many years lesbian, gay or bisexual people have either ignored or condemned by the legal system in England with either explicit or implicit barriers in place to prevent us exercising many of the 'rights' that others take for granted.
However in recent years the legal situation has changed with the introduction of legislation to tackle discrimination in specific situations. There are now laws covering employment situations and goods and services together with the introduction of Civil Partnerships to create relationships comparable to marriage.
Although most of these new laws cover specific situations the Human Rights Act can still be useful when it comes to the actions of public authorities as there are very few exemptions and it has the potential to close some loopholes left in other legislation.
The introduction of Human Rights Act requires public authorities to justify their discriminatory practices, a process that we can hope will lead to significant changes.