Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett

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Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett is a British Liberal Democrat political campaigner who was the first openly HIV positive candidate for the UK Parliament. He is a candidate for the GLA elections to be held in 2016, standing for both list and constituency seats.

He is currently chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, the Liberal Democrats' lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender organisation, and also previously held that post from 2010 to 2013.

Political career[edit]

Following his election as chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, Hyyrylainen-Trett drafted a policy motion to the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference calling for same-sex marriage. This was passed by conference, becoming party policy and forming the basis of the Same-Sex Marriage Act piloted through Parliament by Lib Dem MP and Liberal Democrat minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone.

Hyyrylainen-Trett stood for Vauxhall in the 2015 General Election, taking fourth place with 3,312 votes. At the start of the campaign he went public about his HIV status, telling Buzzfeed that he had deliberately caught HIV as part of an attempt to end his own life in response to bullying.[1] This led to extensive media coverage[2][3][4][5] and a second[6] and third Parliamentary candidate also announcing they are HIV+.[7]

In September 2015 he was selected[8] as a candidate for the Liberal Democrat London list for the GLA elections, and in January 2016[9] as the Lib Dem candidate for the Merton and Wandsworth constituency in the 2016 London Assembly election.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Following the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Act, Adrian married his partner in March 2015.[12]

References[edit]

  1. "Meet Britain's First HIV-Positive Parliamentary Candidate". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. "I deliberately caught HIV in suicide attempt, Lib Dem candidate says". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. "Lib Dem candidate tells how he deliberately caught HIV as he openly speaks about virus". The Mirror. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. "Lib Dem candidate caught HIV on purpose after years of drug abuse and homophobic bullying left him feeling suicidal". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  5. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/04/03/richard-littlejohn-attacks-hiv-positive-lib-dem-candidate/
  6. Nianias, Helen. "Second Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Childs reveals that he's HIV positive after Nigel Farage's controversial remarks". The Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  7. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/general-election-2015-green-party-candidate-becomes-first-to-reveal-aids-diagnosis-10208080.html
  8. "London 2016 GLA candidates". London Lib Dems. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  9. "Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett to stand for Merton and Wandsworth". Wandsworth Lib Dems. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/14216931.Hundreds_sign_petition_in_support_of_major_bookstores_remaining_in_the_borough/
  11. http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/14224737.Wandsworth_Council_has___120m_in_unspent_developer_funding__as_Lib_Dems_ask__Where_s_the_Jubilee_Bridge__/?ref=mr&lp=9
  12. "Lib Dem candidate caught HIV on purpose after years of drug abuse and homophobic bullying left him feeling suicidal". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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