How to be an LGBT+ ally at work

A photograph of a black woman and LGBT+ ally sat at a desk, with an LGBT+ rainbow pride flag.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people make up 3.1% of workers in the UK and with over 250,000 people reporting that the gender they identify with is not the same as their birth gender in the last census, we are seeing a more true picture of how many people are LGBT+ in the UK. This is because the Office for National Statistics (ONS) began collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data in England and Wales the first time in The Census 2021. However, there is currently no reliable gender identity data available in Scotland and NI.).

But despite  growing acceptance both at work and in our Communities, LGBT+ people are still more likely to be treated less favourably and subjected to discrimination, so there is still a long way to go.

An estimated 1 in 5 LGBT+ workers face discrimination, bullying and harassment at work simply because of their sexuality or gender identity. Further to this, an estimated 1 in 3 LGBT+ workers hide who they are due to fears of being discriminated against or treated differently.

While trade unions and the LGBT+ community are constantly fighting (and winning) for better rights for LGBT+ people, we cannot do it alone. This is why being an LGBT+ ally is so important.

The below guidance outlines the importance of allyship in the workplace, as well as ways you can be a better ally to improve the lives of your lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans colleagues.

If you need help or advice, please contact us at or on 0800 389 6332.


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