Trade union members from across Scotland are meeting in Glasgow to debate issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is holding an LGBT workers’ conference for a second year.
The STUC maintains homophobia in the workplace is still a significant problem.
It also says many employees are not confident about being “out” at work.
Labour MSP Mary Fee, who is convener of the Scottish Parliament’s equal opportunities committee, will be among those who will address delegates at the conference.
The constitution will also be debated, with speeches by Labour MSP Drew Smith, representing the pro-union Better Together campaign, and Toni Giugliano on behalf of Yes Scotland.
Craig Cameron, chairman of the STUC’s LGBT committee, said that while progress had been made on equality for LGBT people in Scotland, there was still much work to be done.
“The recent Equal Marriage Bill is an important step forward, but too often LGBT people still face intolerance and prejudice in their everyday life,” he said.
“Homophobia in the workplace is still a significant problem, with many trade union members reporting bullying and harassment as part of their daily life.
“Too many workers are still not confident about being ‘out’ at work and are looking for a clear sign from their employer that homophobia will be challenged and they will be supported.”
He added: “It is also important that LGBT people are heard within the debate on the constitution.
“We are looking forward to hearing more from both campaigns and debating how we can shape a better future for LGBT people in Scotland.”
Source: BBC News
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