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, which results in gay 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.
Homophobia is the term used to describe a fear of same sex relationships, or a fear of those who love the same sex. Homophobia at its worst results in violence against lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
All trade unionists should campaign against prejudice. This toolkit can help you do that. It cover sthe following sections:
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