Stonewall UK launches campaign to eradicate workplace homophobia

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Stonewall UK has launched a nationwide campaign to eliminate homophobia in the workplace “once and for all.”

The campaign will include posters that will appear on nearly 650 buses in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Each poster features two colleagues in a variety of different fields, including construction workers, priests, police officers and athletes with a caption saying: “One is gay. If that bothers people, our work continues.”

Other poster variants have the message “One is bisexual.” Another is “One is lesbian. If that bothers people, our work continues.”

Stonewall’s campaign will run throughout January and as well as posters appearing on buses, around four thousand adverts have been placed around the London Underground.

The posters are also to be made available to Stonewall Diversity Champion members to tailor with their own logos and placed around the workplace.

The campaign has been created in response to a YouGov poll showing that 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying in the workplace within the last five years.

The poll also showed that 800,000 people have witnessed physical homophobic bullying in the workplace, and over a quarter of working lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open about their sexual orientation to their colleagues.

Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive Laura Doughty said, “After securing equal marriage in England and Wales people mustn’t forget the huge amount of work still to be done. No one should be under any illusion that it’s ‘Mission Accomplished’. In workplaces right across the country, gay people still don’t feel able to be themselves. It’s time to change that once and for all.”

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