One of the biggest decisions for LGBTQ+ members will be to come out at work. A fear of colleagues reactions or previous bad experiences can make this extremely difficult. Its easy to forget that banter, jokes and circulating ‘funny’ emails can all be excluding behaviours for LGBTQ+ staff. It is important that the trade union makes every effort to make the workplace a safe and welcoming place for all members.
Many will choose not to come out to avoid discrimination. We need to ensure that members are supported to come out and to be there to challenge discrimination and homophobia.
it is also important to ensure that the impact of policies and actions for each group – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans are considered.
Workplace representatives may lack confidence in dealing with LGBTQ+ issues and worry about the reaction of some members. Hopefully this section of the website will help and the resources within it.
Organisations offering LGBTQ+ advice
TUC: Still just a bit of banter?
TUC: Sexual harassment of LGBT people in the workplace