What do we mean by LGBTQ+?

LGBTQ+ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, plus other individuals who identify as non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender. The term is used to refer to individuals and communities who identify as part of the queer community, including but not limited to those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, pansexual, or intersex.

What is the law on LGBTQ+ when it comes to the workplace, recruitment and careers?

The UK Law on LGBTQ+ in the workplace is primarily covered by the Equality Act 2010, which makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees or job candidates based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic related to their LGBTQ+ status. The Act covers various aspects of employment, including recruitment, training, promotion, and dismissal, as well as pay and benefits.

The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to provide a workplace environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation related to an individual’s LGBTQ+ status. This means that employers must take active steps to prevent and address any discriminatory or harassing behaviour by employees, customers, or other third parties. Employers must also ensure that their policies and procedures are inclusive and do not discriminate against LGBTQ+ employees, such as by offering equal opportunities for training, development and promotion.

In addition to the Equality Act 2010, there are other laws and regulations in the UK that protect the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace. For example, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 provides a legal framework for transgender individuals to change their gender identity and obtain recognition of their new gender. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allows same-sex couples to get married in England and Wales, while the Civil Partnership Act 2004 provides legal recognition for same-sex couples who do not wish to get married.

Key organisations & resources

Calendar events

National Inclusion Week

Founded by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

Learn more about International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Human Rights Day

In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe.

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