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The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. For many years LGBT people hid their orientation from others to protect themselves. There are several useful websites which can provide links to help lines for any questions you may have which have cropped up because of who you believe you are. With an emphasis on LGBT mental health, including useful contacts of organisations visit Mind website or LGBT Foundation helpline and email advice and finally Switchboard LGBT+ helpline
Sexual orientation discrimination legislation has been in place in the UK since 2003. Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. The law is primarily designed to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employees and job applicants against direct and indirect sexual orientation discrimination, and harassment and victimisation because of someone’s sexual orientation.
However, it is well-established in UK case law that a heterosexual individual can also be subjected to sexual orientation discrimination. For example, this could occur where a homophobic taunt is used towards an individual whom the perpetrator knows is not actually gay.
“Gender reassignment” is a separate protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. This means that transgender individuals are also protected against discrimination in the workplace.
The Equality Act 2010 not only covers the workplace but also public bodies, businesses and organisations which provide goods & services, health & care providers, housing providers, transport and education establishments.
How can you spot if you are being discriminated against? There is a useful chart here by Citizens Advice. It covers both direct and indirect discrimination. An example of indirect discrimination is when an apparently fair policy has a different impact on you and means you are disadvantaged. Another; guides you to organisations who can help with discrimination.
If you believe you may have been discriminated against, do discuss this with one of our advisers.