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Guide: How to be LGBT Friendly (Prism)

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10th November 2018

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“There are approximately 57,500 people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Add to these family members, friends and children of LGBT people and it becomes clear that LGBT issues impact on a large segment of society.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people come from diverse backgrounds with very different life experiences and expectations. There are LGBT people in all of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s cultures, communities and geographical areas. But we are united by one thing organisations and individuals often discriminate against us, ignore our needs and aspirations or even deny our existence.
We live in a society which generally assumes that everyone is heterosexual and has a fixed gender identity. This can make some LGBT people feel excluded, isolated or unwelcome. Prism, the LGBT Forum for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, has produced this booklet to help organisations that want to be welcoming to LGBT people. The recommendations in this guide are not a plea for ‘special’ treatment, they are simply guidelines for creating an environment which is safe and open to everyone.”