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TUC launches major new survey on the experiences of LGBT+ workers

The TUC wants to know more about the experiences of LGBT+ people of work in order to develop campaigns and materials to support workers, and help employers build inclusive workplaces.

In 2013 it was reported that 19% of 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.

Research also showed that 13% of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees would not feel confident reporting homophobic bullying in their workplace, and 26% of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers are not out at work.

If you’re a trans person you may experience different forms of discrimination. Research shows that 60% of trans people have experienced transphobic discrimination in the workplace either from colleagues or management, and 53% have felt the need to hide their gender identity from colleagues.

The TUC is launching an online survey to understand these issues better for all workers – whether you are in a union or not.

The TUC wants to know the experiences of LGBT+ people of work, what has worked well, what hasn’t, and if rates of discrimination and harassment have changed.

They also want understand how homophobia, biphobia or transphobia are impacted by issues of race and gender. 

This research will be used to campaign on the very real issues that exist for LGBT+ people, produce training material for union reps to ensure they represent all members, and help employers work towards a more inclusive environment - including training, getting the correct policies in place and supporting their LGBT+ staff when things go wrong.

Please take the survey

Published: 22/03/2017

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