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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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All workers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity at work. However, too often this is not the case for LGBT+ workers.  

We know too many LGBT+ workers have experienced harassment and unwanted behaviours which are offensive, intimidatory or humiliating. The TUC research found that nearly two in five (39 per cent) LGBT+ workers have been harassed or discriminated against by a colleague and a similar proportion (42 per cent)  had heard colleagues make unwelcome comments or ask unwelcome questions about their sex life. 

These behaviours are not acceptable at work, or anywhere else. Sometimes this type of harassment is carried out by those who seek to excuse themselves by linking their behaviour to their religion or belief and claim they are exercising their right to free speech.  

Workplaces need to be safe and harassment free for all workers. A wide range of religions and beliefs are protected under the Equality Act, however even if beliefs are protected people do not have an unlimited right to freedom of expression. This right can be restricted to protect the rights of others where an employee expresses views which discriminate, harass, or incite violence or hatred against other persons or groups.  

Reps and members should know that homophobic, transphobic, biphobic or sexist comments could amount to unlawful harassment. And that any employer that does not take reasonable steps to prevent harassment is liable for their employee’s actions.

The TUC and the trade union movement stands in solidarity with LGBT+ members and workers across the globe and is ready to defend their rights. And you can too.  

Resources that can help you be a better LGBT+ ally 

Religion or belief interactive guide

Colleagues with a religion or belief and those without have certain rights, by law, within the workplace.

In this guide, you'll find out about some of the common issues that may arise in the workplace and the changes to working conditions that can sometimes be made. It also looks at where those rights can be restricted to protect the rights of others.

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Transphobic hate incidents and crimes: A guide for trade union members and reps 

This guide will help you understand what transphobic hate incidents is, what to do if you witness a transphobic hate incident, how to report the incident, and tips for reducing transphobia in the workplace. 

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How to be a good trans ally at work: A guide for trade union members and reps 

A trans ally is a non-trans person who is committed to being open-minded and respectful to people who may have a different gender identity to them or presents their gender in a different way. They have taken the time to learn more about trans people and their lives and confront assumptions and stereotypes around trans people. This guide will give you tips on how to be a good trans ally at work and on what you can do as a trade union member to make work a good experience for everyone.   

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Supporting non-binary workers interactive guide 

Supporting non-binary workers is an important issue for reps - not only for individuals but because it has implications for workplace equality generally, learn more with this interactive guide. 

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