Employment: Homophobia

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in the workplace; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the last 12 months.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government has not set targets for tackling homophobia in the workplace; however, practical advice for employers and/or employees on dealing with homophobia is available via the following Government-funded bodies: acas, the Equality and Human Rights Commission; the Equalities Advisory and Support Service; and on GOV.UK.

In March 2011 the Government published Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward which set out the actions to be taken across Government to enhance equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) people. The Government is also providing match funding to the Citizens’ Advice European Union funded project to overcome barriers to employment and advancement in the workplace, which includes a specific focus on LGB&T people.

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