Under the Equality Act 2010 sexual orientation is identified as a protected characteristic. This means that sexual orientation is a legally defined group with legal protections.
For more details of the Equality Act (2010) click here.
Sexual Orientation is a person's sexual orientation towards:
(a) persons of the same sex,
(b) persons of the opposite sex, or
(c) Persons of either sex.
In relation to the protected characteristic of sexual orientation:
Mersey Care is committed to equality for all and that includes our LGBT workforce. In the past we have taken part in the annual review of Stonewalls workplace equality index and recieved permission to use the logo for 2013 for being one of the top perforrmers. For more information about Stonewall please go towww.stonewall.org.uk .
In October 2011 the trust received the Navajo Charter Award for its committment to equality for LGBT service users, carers and staff. This will be reviewed for 2015. The awards are presented on IDAHO (international day against homophobia)
Below we have a wide range of resources and reports about different aspects of sexual orientation. This is in relation to employment, service delivery and general issues that relate to the wider LGBT community.
Rainbow Lives is aimed at people working in health and well being, particularly residential and home care of the elderly. It is a resource to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) needs later in life. To watch and listen to some experiences older members of the LGBT community use the link below
Hate crime is defined as “any hate incident which constitutes a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person. This may be because of their race, transgender status, disability, religion or sexual orientation.” A hate incident is ”any incident that may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.”
Useful information and advice and resources can be obtained from the True Vision Website
There are a number of Hate Crime reporting centres in Merseyside.
National information and guidance about hate crime is available at Stophate