Every day, all over the world, people face prejudice, discrimination and violence in the workplace and in society
on the basis of their sexual orientation or their gender identity or gender expression.
Many employers discriminate against lesbians and gay men or against transgenders in all aspects of work
in recruitment, promotion, dismissal and in conditions of work. Sometimes colleagues tend to exclude lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans or intersex workers, stigmatize them, harass them.
There are few countries that provide any legal protection against such discrimination.
However, this web site is not about sex at work. It is about discrimination. You have to realize that workers also have a life, which includes sexual feelings and maybe experiences, sometimes relationships.
The issue is caused by the fact that at work, everybody is assumed to be heterosexual and either obviously male or obviously female.
But there is more diversity in nature, and also in or human society.
That means there is also more diversity among (potential) workers.
One of the key tasks for trade unions is to work for the improvement of working conditions for all
workers, for the elimination of all forms of discrimination and the promotion of social and economic justice.
This recognition that LGBT rights are human rights and trade union issues has been reflected in the policies of an increasing number of individual unions (mainly in Europe and the Americas)
and trade union bodies such as
Recently, the International Labour Organisation ILO has also noticed the importance of this type of non-discrimination policies. Read about its PRIDE project here.
However, not every trade union has actively taken up LGBTI rights issues or developed strategies to confront discrimination and prejudice in the workplace.
This website documents the development in preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity
at the labour market and the workplace, and focuses on the role of trade unions and trade union organisations. It talks about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)
rights, where in history the emphasis was first on gay rights, later on lesbian and gay rights, later on LGBT rights, and nowadays also on intersex rights (LGBTI rights).