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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act (2010). The Act protects bisexual, gay, heterosexual, lesbian and heterosexual people.

The law also covers perceived sexual orientation and discrimination by association.

Sexual orientation means a person's attraction towards:

  • Persons of the same sex
  • Persons of the opposite sex
  • Persons of either sex

You can find more on sexual orientation here.


Gender identity, trans, and gender reassignment

Gender identity is a person’s internal perception of their identity, and gender expression is the way a person
lives in society and interacts with others.

Trans is an umbrella term to cover people whose gender identity/expression differs from their birth sex and/or perceived binary gender and includes people who live permanently or temporarily in one or more genders. The Equality Act (2010) defines gender reassignment as a protected characteristic. People who are proposing to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone a process (or part of a process) to reassign their sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.

Gender identity is independent of sexual orientation; trans people can be lesbian, gay, straight, bi, etc.

You can find more on trans and gender reassignment here.


LGBTUA+ Supporters

The LGBTUA+ Supporter Programme is an initiative that any member of staff or student can sign up to, the programme is to empower all members of the Warwick community to create an open and inclusive environment for all colleagues and students at Warwick.

Hear about our LGBTUA+ Supporters programme from LGBTUA+ staff and Supporters in the video below. You can also find more information at