We're living in a time where hearts and minds are changing the world over, enabling lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to participate fully in society. But there's still a long way to go.
It's not untypical for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to feel isolated from society, alone and outcast. One in five have experienced a hate crime becuase of their sexual orientation or gender identity in the past year1, representing a 78% increase in reported hate crimes or incidents since 2013.
LGBT people are often the target of online abuse with one in ten experiencing anti-LGBT abuse directed towards them personaly in any one month. For trans people, this increases dramatically to one in four.2
A quarter of LGB people feel they cannot be at all open about their sexual orientation with colleagues. In the last five years, about 19% of those that have been open, have experienced verbal bullying from colleagues, customers, or service users because of their sexual orientation. For many, the workplace can become a very hostile environment with 10% of trans people experiencing verbal abuse and 6% physical abuse. It's because of this abuse that about a quarter of trans people feel obliged to find a new job.3,4
Internationally, 72 countries criminalise same-sex relationships, sometimes punishable by the death penalty in 8 of those countries. It's thought that, in more than half of the world, LGBT may not be supported or protected from discrimination in the workplace by workplace law.
Many organisations are fighting these problems by working to empower individuals. Helping to equip them with the confidence and tools to challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Helping to improve inclusion, become role models, and feel safe to be themselves.
To help build an inlusive and accepting culture, organisations work with companies and institutions that have the power and influence to change perceptions. Working with them to ensure they offer inclusive, equal and inspiring environments for LGBT people.
Campaigning and lobbying govenments to change laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bi and trans people is a key focus. Though many western nations have already seen good progress here, there's still a lot to do to ensure LGBT people have the right legal framework to let them be themselves.
- Unhealthy attitudes 2015 https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/unhealthy_attitudes.pdf
- LGBT in Britain - Hate Crime 2017 https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/lgbt_in_britain_hate_crime.pdf
- Engendered Penalties 2007 http://www.pfc.org.uk/pdf/EngenderedPenalties.pdf
- Gay in Britain 2017 https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/Gay_in_Britain__2013_.pdf