Government launches LGBT action plan

Following a national survey of LGBT people, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published the LGBT Action Plan: Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People.

The commitments in the plan include the following: 

  • a training package to help employers and employees deal with LGBT discrimination in the workplace, and the inclusion of LGBT harassment in sexual harassment policies and guidance issued by Acas and the Government. 
  • a working group of employers to understand the experiences of LGBT staff in different sectors and who will work with employers to develop targeted interventions to improve the experience of LGBT people at work. 
  • The Civil Service will continue to role model best practice in establishing working environments that are inclusive for LGBT staff in accordance with the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

The publication of this report follows a national survey of LGBT people which received over 108,000 responses. You can read both the research report and a summary report. 

In light of the LGBT Action Plan, it is advisable for employers to start thinking about what procedures and policies they have in place that support LGBT people in the workplace.