26 July 2011
Sexual orientation discrimination 'still happens'
Sexual orientation discrimination still occurs, even though it is against the law.
This is according to the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, which claims to regularly receive calls from gay people claiming to be bullied at work due to their sexuality.
A spokesman for the organisation told the Independent: "It happens at all levels, in private sector and public sector organisations and can be very stressful, demoralising and isolating."
He added some people who are the victims of sexual orientation discrimination attempt to "soldier on", despite what they are going through.
Peter Purton, policy officer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender at the Trades Union Congress, pointed out individuals in this position should not feel they have to suffer in silence.
People do not necessarily need to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in order to be a victim of sexual orientation discrimination, as they may be bullied due to others believing they are not heterosexual.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson
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