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Sexual orientation and gender identity (protected characteristic)

It is estimated that between five and 10 percent of the UK population define themselves as gay and lesbian.

We recognise that lesbians, gays and bisexuals may experience prejudice, discrimination and disadvantage as a result of their sexual orientation.

Research shows that sexual orientation and gender identity play an important role in health inequalities, resulting in poor experience in the provision, and take up of health services by the LGBT community.

Research also shows that due to fear of discrimination, homophobia and ignorance:

  • LGBT community experience higher levels of mental ill health than heterosexual people.
  • Older gay, lesbian and bisexual people are five times less likely to access services than the general older population

Our commitment

The trust is committed to making sure all of our service users have equal access and benefits from our services regardless of their sexual orientation.

We will continue to ensure that our employment policies and practices are inclusive by creating a climate of tolerance and respect in the workplace, where all individuals feel safe to make their sexual orientation public if they choose to do so.

We also make sure that, wherever possible, our conditions of employment offer the same benefits to same-sex relationships as heterosexual relationships.

Unlawful sexual orientation discrimination happens when someone is treated less favourably due to their sexual orientation, their perceived sexual orientation, or the sexual orientation of those they associate with.

For staff and volunteers, our Trust also has an LGBT Network. This promotes activities and events (such as Gay Pride), facilitates meetings and is there to support staff through listening and acting on any LGBT queries or issues that they may have.

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