Sexual orientation discrimination
Commission sets out LGB equality priorities
“People are being treated differently in Northern Ireland because of their sexual orientation and that cannot be acceptable in the 21st century," states Michael Wardlow, Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission in an online interview.
Outlining the priorities for change, which are set out in the Commission´s new policy paper ´Promoting Sexual Orientation Equality´ he adds: "We are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to deliver a robust and comprehensive sexual orientation strategy"
The paper outlines three key areas requiring strategic action and these are: tackling prejudicial attitudes; promoting positive attitudes and raising awareness of rights. It recommends that legislation should be introduced to permit same sex marriage and adoption and that a ban on blood donations from any group, including men who have sex with men, must be based on clear medical evidence.
Mr Wardlow added: “ We want to hear from anyone who has experienced discrimination in accessing goods and services or employment. We are here to help.”
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Legislation which came into force in Northern Ireland on 1 January 2007, made it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods, facilities and services, education and public functions. Previously the law only applied to employment and vocational training.
Click the following link to view The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.
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