Sexual Orientation

The Department for Communities has policy responsibility for sexual orientation. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have indicated that some 1.2% of the household population in Northern Ireland identify as LGB. Discrimination and prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation can create barriers to their full participation in public life. This can lead to social isolation, not fulfilling their potential and, ultimately, to poorer levels of mental and/or physical well-being. We are committed to working to ensure that Northern Ireland is a diverse, inclusive and supportive society.

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