It is estimated that one in 10 of the population are lesbian or gay. But society assumes heterosexuality is the only natural and acceptable lifestyle.
Many lesbians, gay, bisexual and trans people are forced to hide their identity at work because by openly coming out they risk isolation, victimisation or even dismissal.
Very often stigma is attached to homosexuality, bisexuality and being transgender which results in LGBT people experiencing a variety of social and economic sanctions. These range from hurtful anti-gay jokes, to outright physical attack or loss of a job or pensions benefits.
Homophobia is the term used to describe a fear, hatred or prejudice of same sex relationships, gay men and lesbians.
Biphobia describes the negative prejudice, fear and discrmination against bisexual people who love more than one gender and their relationships.
Transphobia is the term used to define the negative behaviour and prejudicial actions against transgender people.
Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, at their worst, results in violence against LGBT people and in some extreme cases, in death.
All trade unionists should campaign against prejudice. This toolkit can help you do that. It cover sthe following sections:
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