Sexual orientation

Course Overview:

With more than one in twenty people in the current UK workforce being lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), we’re all likely to come across people with a different sexual orientation to our own. Studies show that people are far happier and more productive at work if they can be themselves – but with many gay, lesbian or bisexual people unwilling to be open about their sexuality for fear of discrimination, or facing bullying and harassment if they are, there is a clear risk to organisations that fail to promote a respectful and supportive working environment.

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination against employees, jobseekers or trainees on the basis of sexual orientation. Developed with leading UK equality and diversity specialists, this course has been designed to help employees to work successfully with LGB customers and colleagues and create a fair and inclusive workplace where everyone can give their best.

Learning outcomes:

This course will give a better understanding of:

  • what the Equality Act 2010 says about sexual orientation
  • why certain behaviours are inappropriate and offensive
  • the types of prejudice that lesbian, gay or bisexual people can face
  • why you can’t always be sure of someone’s sexual orientation, and therefore should not make assumptions
  • the knowledge and skills necessary to work successfully as part of a diverse team
  • how to create a working environment based on respect.


Course developed by:Skill Boosters logo

Course experts
Katherine Cowan - Katherine Cowan Research and Consultancy
Nicola Dandridge - Head of Equality, Thompsons Solicitors

Course contributors
Gamal Turawa - first openly gay, black police officer and is now a leadership trainer and a highly-skilled public speaker in demand internationally.
Stewart Brown - Firefighter
Liz Grant, OBE- IT Consultant, IBM
Rob Whitfield - in 2005 became the first employee to win a case against his employer under the Employment Equity (Sexual Orientation) Act.
Rita Das - Specialist registrar in emergency medicine
Mike Smith - Head of Policy, Compliance Department, PwC
Anne Hayfield - Independent Trainer and Consultant
Manchester City Council

A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon successful completion of the online course.

CPD Points: 1

CPD Duration (hours): 1

Access: 12 months from purchase date

Price: £35.00 (excludes VAT)