LGBT+ workers

Trade unions, and trade union activists, have a long history of supporting LGBT+ communities.

Despite enormous and very welcome progress made on rights for LGBT+ people, there is still more to do. A report written by Stonewall and YouGov in 2018 showed that almost one in five LGBT+ staff (18 per cent) were the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues because they’re LGBT+.

The report also found that more than a third of LGBT+ staff hid or disguised that they were LGBT+ at work because they were afraid of discrimination. One in eight lesbian, gay and bi people wouldn’t feel confident reporting any homophobic or biphobic bullying to their employer, and one in five trans people wouldn’t report transphobic bullying in the workplace.

Community are committed to fighting to maintain and extend LGBT+ rights every step of the way, and it is with strength in numbers and a strong collective voice that we will succeed.

Watch this video from Community member Angela Eagle MP that we filmed for Pride Month:

Guidance for LGBT+ workers and allies

As trade unionists we have a responsibility to support all of our members. Everyone has the right to equal treatment, protection from discrimination and support from their union. To download our guide on LGBT+ rights at work, visit our equalities hub.

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