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UNCONSCIOUS BIAS CAN BE MORE DAMAGING TO LGBTQ+ PROFESSIONALS THAN OVERT DISCRIMINATION

Last week, cities around the world were hosting their annual Pride Parade, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, and the freedom to express one’s true identity, freely and with confidence. Serving as a societal backdrop to the 50th iteration of Pride, the latest ONS figures show there are an estimated 1.1 million people aged 16 years and over identifying as LGBTQ+, one in four 18-24 year olds identifying as gay and/or bisexual, and London emerging as the ‘Gay Capital’ of the UK, with the highest percentage across the UK (17%) saying they’re gay, lesbian or bisexual. Now that it is the end of the colourful celebration that is Pride, diversity-focused head-hunter Equality Group revealed to us a ground-breaking study as to how our sexual identities – and the freedom to express this – affects our professional lives.