Sexual Orientation

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) has undertaken to publish a Sexual Orientation Strategy and Action Plan.

Proposed objectives to promote:

  • an environment free from harassment and bullying and to tackle homophobia in all forms including violence and abuse
  • equality of opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people

Developing a Sexual Orientation Strategy

The development of a sexual orientation strategy and action plan will provide an overarching policy framework within which departments, their agencies and other relevant statutory authorities can develop actions that promote equality of opportunity for LGB people across government’s major policy areas, tackle the specific inequalities they face and counter prejudice, intolerance and hatred.

Please note Phase 1 of the public consultation has now ended.

An analysis of the responses received, along with copies of the responses, can be viewed below.

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Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation Unit


Research has been carried out into a number of key issues affecting the lesbian, gay and bisexual community. Please click on the links below to view some of the most recent reports.

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