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Sexual orientation

Discrimination towards people based on their sexual orientation has been unlawful since 2003. More information on the law in relation to sexual orientation equality is contained within the Equality Act 2010.


People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or a sexual orientation other than heterosexual (LGBQ) have endured discrimination and harassment for many centuries, and continue to do so in many countries across the world. Being LGBT remains illegal in a number of countries.

Attitudes towards LGBQ people have been changing in the UK for some time, and increasingly people feel able to be open and out about their sexual orientation. At Derbyshire County Council we welcome this change and work to advance equality for people based on sexual orientation, whether as people using our services, or as our employees. We also work with community safety and other partners to eradicate hate crime and harassment towards LGBQ people.

Each year we mark a number of important dates and events which are intended to support improvements in equality for LGBQ people including LGBT History Month and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

We have further information on gender re-assignment equality.

We value the diversity of all our employees and welcome people from diverse backgrounds becoming part of our workforce. We believe ourselves to be a LGBQ employer. We have more information on the action we are taking to support LGBQ people to work for us. This includes supporting an active LGB and T employee network.