UK Public Services Fail To Tackle Gay Fear Of Discrimination, Says Poll

Dan Littauer
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Dan Littauer

August 29, 2013
12:36 p.m.

LONDON, UK – A new poll, commissioned by Stonewall, a UK advocacy group, shows that LGBT people continue to expect to face discrimination in almost all walks of life.

A report published on Tuesday, entitled ‘Gay in Britain,’ demonstrates that, in spite of huge advances in legal equality, people still expect to face poor treatment from schools, hospitals and police forces because of their sexual orientation.

Almost half of the 2,000 gay people surveyed expect to be treated less fairly than a heterosexual person when applying to adopt a child.

While a majority of 70 per cent expect barriers to becoming a school governor and 61 per cent believe the child of gay parents would be bullied in primary school.

These concerns are reflected across other public services, with a third of gay people expecting worse treatment in a care home and one in five believing they’d be treated less fairly by a judge.

Nine in ten say they have never been consulted about their needs by local service providers.

Commenting on the research, Stonewall’s Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “Completion of our work on marriage means that one strand of Stonewall’s domestic focus – legislative equality – is effectively complete. But this polling demonstrates starkly that changing laws doesn’t change attitudes and lives overnight.

“Gay taxpayers contribute £40bn every year to the cost of Britain’s public services. They should be able to have confidence that they’ll receive the services they need when accessing schools, hospitals or policing. It’s time the needs of this country’s 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people, both as citizens and service-users, were properly met.”

Even though the UK government legalized same-sex marriage in England and Wales, and has enacted an Equality Act in 2010, confidence in schools, policing and healthcare remains low amongst British LGBT people.



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