LGBT History Month runs throughout February to celebrate the progress made by LGBT people in securing equal rights and fighting against discrimination as well as to mark the progress still to be made.
So what has been achieved?
• At June 2018, 26 countries recognise same-sex marriage
• At 1 January 2019, 28 countries recognise same-sex marriage
• LGBT people in the UK report feeling discriminated against in education, health and social care and employment.
NFRS is committed to try and make a difference which is why we have a Proud Friends programme - a network of people who believe that work should be a place where everybody's treated fairly and support LGBT equality. LGBT history month also highlights the need to be aware of stereotypes and how they can impact on behaviours and decision making. Stonewall have produced some information about Stereotypes, in their LGBT myth buster which you can read here
Trans awareness is an important part of LGBT history month, it is subject often featured within the media. Stonewall have produced a guide entitled ‘The Truth about Trans’ outlining some facts about Trans and busting some relevant myths, the government equalities office have also produced a factsheet entitled ‘Trans People in the UK’.
Some main points these articles draw upon, include:
• Trans is an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.
Trans people may describe themselves using a wide variety of terms,
• An estimated 1% of the population identify as being Trans.
• In many ways, trans people in the UK face huge levels of abuse and inequality right now. Two in five trans people have had a hate crime committed against them in the last year, and two in five trans young people have attempted suicide. One in eight trans people have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers at work. No wonder some trans people are scared to walk down the streets.
• Changing gender involves social, medical, legal and administrative changes. Trans people can change their name and gender for almost all services without changing their legal gender. This includes passports and driving licences. Trans people can change their legal gender by meeting the requirements set out in the Gender recognition Act 2004.
There are a number of points of support for employees wishing to 'be out' at work, these include the Stonewall helpline - 08000 50 20 20, the Service's OD and Inclusion team, Proud Friends and EEN LGBT rep Guninder Nagi.
NFRS is proud to be a ranked within top 100 of the 2019 Stonewall index, scoring 107 out of a possible 200 points. Within the last year the Service climbed 72 places within the index.
To find out more about LGBT History Month click here.