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Homophobic workplace discrimination must end, says CSP

27 June 2014 - 3:15pm

Managers and employees at all levels within all public sector bodies and private firms must receive effective training on sexual diversity awareness, the CSP has told a TUC conference.

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Physio graduate Alexandra Hejazi: 'I know that we still have a lot of work to do' - photo: Rod Leon

A CSP-proposed motion carried at this week’s TUC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference, held in London, also called on trade unions to ensure that union reps are well-equipped to tackle homophobia. They also need to ensure that employers uphold existing equality and bullying policies.

Speaking in support of the motion, recent physiotherapy graduate Alexandra Hejazi said an important recent study showed that gay, lesbian and bisexual people were twice as likely as their heterosexual colleagues to experience bullying and discrimination at work .

And she said such workplace discrimination had left many gay people unable to be open about their sexuality.

‘I am left wondering why so many are forced to remain silent about their sexuality in this open and inclusive democracy that we live in,’ she said.

‘I do not know the answers, but I know that we still have a lot of work to do and I believe education and training is key.

‘We need to ensure that future training helps to tackle this issue. The CSP is already working on this and we have an active LGBT network.’

Other CSP members were due to speak at the conference in support of motions on HIV awareness and homophobic teaching.

 

 

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