This book was first written in 2007 and since then LGBT people now enjoy the same protections and rights as everyone else under the Equality Act 2010. Same-sex couples can have a civil marriage since the Marriage (same-sex couples) Act introduced in 2013 came into effect in March 2014 .The number of ‘out’ members of Parliament has never been greater. All the major political parties now support equality and compete to be the most LGBT- friendly. The Office of National Statistics asked about sexual orientation for the first time in its general household survey in 2010.
Despite this considerable positive change in equality law and public attitudes towards LGBT people, the incidence of homophobic bullying in workplaces and schools is one of the most pressing forms of inequality and disadvantage in the UK.
Out at Work is about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people at work and in the trade union movement. It is written for all workplace reps and aims to equip them with advice, information and reference points on LGBT issues. It will be accompanied by tutor briefings and a tutor note on how to use the publication in a range of educational and other contexts.
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