The £4.5 million initiative aimed at making society more inclusive for the LGBT community brands so-called “gay cure” conversion therapies “abhorrent”.
The initiative follows a major Government survey which more than 108,000 LGBT people responded to.
“I was struck by just how many respondents said they cannot be open about their sexual orientation or avoid holding hands with their partner in public for fear of a negative reaction.
“No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love.
“This LGBT action plan will set out concrete steps to deliver real and lasting change across society, from health and education to tackling discrimination and addressing the burning injustices that LGBT people face.”
LGBT hate incidents had been experienced by 40% of people in the survey, with more than nine in 10 of the most serious offences going unreported.
The plan aims to look into the scale of LGBT abuse online; improving mental healthcare for LGBT people with a focus on suicide prevention; combating homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and increasing awareness of the services available for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the move on conversion therapy, but said the overall plan did not go far enough.
Mr Tatchell, who has been invited to attend a Downing Street reception for the LGBT community, said: “The biggest fail is the lack of any pledge to end the detention and deportation of LGBT+ refugees fleeing persecution in violently homophobic countries like Uganda, Iran, Russia, Egypt and Jamaica.
“Another big omission is the absence of any commitment to compensate gay and bisexual men who were convicted under past anti-gay laws.
“They suffered greatly, frequently being hit with huge fines.
“The £4.5 million budget is derisory and insulting.
“It coincides with cuts in funding for sexual health clinics, which make it hard to get testing and treatment appointments.
“This is contributing to a rise in infections among gay and straight people.”
Laura Russell, of the LGBT campaign group Stonewall, said it was “heartbreaking” so many people had been offered conversion therapies, stating: “Our 2015 Unhealthy Attitudes report revealed that one in 10 health and social care staff across Britain witnessed colleagues express the dangerous belief that someone can be ‘cured’ of being lesbian, gay or bi.”
David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “The LGBT Action Plan, and the money behind it, is a positive step in the government’s commitment to improving LGBT rights.
“Britain now has a proud history of championing diversity and fighting intolerance and this is a real opportunity for us to live up to that reputation.”
A national adviser on reducing LGBT inequality will be appointed as part of the initiative.