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Sexual orientation

Discrimination towards people because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual and identify not as heterosexual has occurred for many hundreds of years in the UK.


Legislations which decriminalised being a gay man was only first passed in the UK just over 50 years ago. But this did not stop discrimination or tackle inequality on grounds of a person’s sexual orientation.

Today it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of their sexual orientation in employment and in relation to goods and services and other areas of day to day life.

Same sex marriage was introduced a handful of years ago. There is increasing evidence that people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or who identify as a different sexual orientation are enjoying improved treatment in the workplace and in society at large.

More information on the law in relation to sexual orientation, same sex marriage and civil partnerships is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

We've been working for some years to improve equality and tackle discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.

We've participated in Stonewall’s employment and education indices to help support our work in employment, and so we can support schools and other young person services to provide good support as young people grow up and make decisions about their own lives.

We have an active LGBT employee network and annually mark a number of important dates in the LGBT calendar including International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and LGBT History Month.