Public sector equality duty

Sexual orientation

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation. A person’s sexual orientation can be towards the opposite sex (heterosexual), the same sex (lesbian or gay) or towards both (bi-sexual).

We're committed to promoting equality amongst lesbian, gay and bi-sexual people and valuing the contribution made by all citizens.

Sexual orientation in Southwark, London and England

The Census doesn't include any questions on sexual orientation. However, the Integrated Household Survey (IHS), which is the largest social survey ever produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), does include such questions. The survey is comprised of questions from current ONS household surveys and contains information from over 400,000 individual respondents aged 16 and over - the biggest pool of UK social data after the census.

However, the Integrated Household Survey is currently considered to be experimental statistics and is currently undergoing evaluation. This means we have no reliable statistics on the sexual orientation of our residents.

Examples of how we're working to promote equality

  • LGBT History Month (February) is celebrated with a series of events in Southwark each year
  • within the borough there are two groups who work to support transgender people both run by volunteers Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups
  • Southwark Council has commissioned Metro, the largest provider of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people in London, to provide new counselling services across the borough. Details can be found on Metro charity website or by phoning Metro on 0208 305 5000

Page last updated: 02 August 2022


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