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
- Over 60% of lesbian, gay or bisexual students are not out to their tutors and lecturers because they fear discrimination
- 15% of lesbian, gay and bisexual students fear losing financial support if they come out to their parents
(Source: Experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education: research report 2009 (ECU))
- The Equality Act Made Simple
- Role Models 2016 - Celebrating LGBTUA+ at Warwick
- Starting Out Guide 2016/17
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 www.warwick.ac.uk/lgbtuasupporters