A national campaign to end workplace homophobia has been launched by lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, Stonewall.
A recent YouGov poll found that 2.4 million people of working age have seen verbal homophobic bullying at work. And a further 800,000 people of working age have witnessed physical homophobic bullying at work.
Over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.
Campaign posters featuring two people at work read: “One is gay. If that bothers people, our work continues.” The posters will appear on nearly 650 buses in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh, as well as on 4,000 London Underground adverts.
The campaign features workers from across various careers and professions.
Stonewall deputy chief executive Laura Doughty said: “After securing equal marriage in England and Wales people mustn’t forget the huge amount of work still to be done. No one should be under any illusion that it’s ‘Mission Accomplished’. In workplaces right across the country, gay people still don’t feel able to be themselves. It’s time to change that once and for all.”
Posters will run throughout January and will also be sent to Stonewall Diversity Champions – who together employ more than six million people in Britain.
More information is available on the Stonewall website.
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