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Research from Stonewall “Gay in Britain” has some stark news for those of us engaged in both hiring staff and in community appointments and I wonder, are we doing enough?

The research, conducted by YouGov for Stonewall, ‘examines the expectations and lived experiences of Britain’s 3.7 million gay people. For all the progress that’s been made, they continue to face disadvantages in many walks of life; from education and healthcare, to playing sport or reporting a crime. Many lesbian, gay and bisexual people also expect to be discriminated against if they stand for political office or consider becoming a magistrate.

Other indicators include:

  • Seven in ten (70 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people expect to face barriers because of their sexual orientation if they apply to become a school governor.
  • One in five (19 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual employees have experienced verbal bullying from colleagues, customers or service users because of their sexual orientation in the last five years.
  • One in eight (13 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual employees would not feel confident reporting homophobic bullying in their workplace.
  • A quarter (26 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

Access the full report here: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/documents/gay_in_britain.pdf?dm_i=FBX,1T9L8,7M28SA,6HERV,1

Note:  Total sample size was 2,092 lesbian, gay and bisexual adults from across England, Scotland and Wales.

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