Last week, Stonewall launched its new national campaign to ‘eradicate workplace homophobia once and for all’. The slogan accompanying a series of posters featuring two people at work is: One Is Gay. If That Bothers People, Our Work Continues. Other posters use the words ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ in place of ‘gay’.
According to recent YouGov polling, 2.4m people have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying in the workplace in the last five years. This, coupled with the fact that a further 800,000 have witnessed physical homophobic bullying at work, is serious cause for concern. Work is where many of us spend the majority of our waking hours, and it’s therefore incredibly important that it’s somewhere where we are able to be ourselves. According to further polling, over 25% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not yet out at work.
The Stonewall campaign is running for the month of January, with huge posters across buses in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, as well as 4,000 smaller posters on the Tube. This year will see the first equal marriages take place in England and Wales following the legalisation last summer of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, and the Stonewall campaign was a vital part of its success. Yet, as Stonewall itself acknowledges, there is still a ‘huge amount’ of work to be done.
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