With over 100 MPs stepping down this could be an election where queer representation changes – a lot.

At the moment the UK parliament has some of the best levels of LGBT representation in the world – with all the letters represented including some bi and pan MPs.

That hasn’t translated into much action for equality in recent times though. It’s a decade – and three general elections – since same-sex marriage became law. It’s much the same time since the process of moving from a ban on blood donation by bi and gay men and their partners to behaviour-based donation rules.

As moves toward equality have slowed and using the LGBT community for scaremongering has risen, we have seen years of promising action on conversion therapy come to nothing. Gender recognition law reform – to implementing the Gender Recognition Act as was originally intended – has been blocked in England and arcane devolution rules used to stop similar steps in Scotland or Wales.

Better relationship and sex education has been brought in for our schools – but in England that has now been rolled back in the pursuit of positive tabloid headlines.

And the growing asylum backlog means LGBT people fleeing persecution are now part of a growing and stigmatised backlog of cases, which could have been fixed by employing more staff to work on the cases.

So representation, while a start, does not guarantee progress.

From our perspective it’s worth noting there are a smattering of bi or pan MPs.

In Warrington North, Charlotte Nichols – whose election paperwork raised some questions last time around- is restanding. Her 1,500 majority from 2019 should be five figures this time given the national swing to Labour – but as the 2017 election showed, anything could happen in the next month.

Also in the North West and for Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith is restanding. Again given current polling her 5% majority from 2019 should be very safe in July.

For the Tories, Daniel Kawczynski is restanding in Shrewsbury – a slightly changed seat covering most of his previous Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency. He won by a margin of about 20% last time – so if the polls are to believed, his seat is now a marginal. However his fellow bi Conservative Dehenna Davison, who unexpectedly won Bishop Auckland in 2019, announced months ago that she would not restand. Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant – whose coming out was somewhat messy – is restanding. With 65% of the vote last time and his nearest rival on just 20% he should be safely re-elected: even in the 1997 landslide he held on.

For the Liberals, Layla Moran will be restanding in Oxford West and Abingdon. The seat is a regular Lib Dem versus Tory battleground and a likely hold, though it was gained by the Conservatives in the 2010 ‘Cleggmania’ election so cannot be taken for granted.

Meanwhile the Greens whose only current MP Caroline Lucas is stepping down in Brighton are hoping that Carla Denyer will take a seat from Labour in Bristol.