More than a quarter of young Scottish LGBT people have been verbally abused in their workplace.

Staggering for a country which was – up until last year – considered the most progressive in Europe.

But bullying, including being “forced out the closet”, being ignored by colleagues or overhearing insulting language are real experiences of the LGBT community in Scotland.

Charities are urging bosses to make creating inclusive workplaces for their staff a top priority.

For some organisations, this is already in place – including the four who made the list of the top 100 LGBT-friendly employers last week.

Police Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Golden Jubilee Foundation and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service were all credited by Stonewall for their pioneering initiatives that make LGBT employees feel safer at work.

Now others are being urged to follow their lead.

The highest Scottish entry is the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) at number 15.

They have three LGBT staff ambassadors raising awareness and assisting with outreach work.

A 24/7 helpline for staff means problems can be rectified quickly, while a reverse mentoring programme – where senior managers are mentored by LGBT staff – means everyone is better equipped to understand what it means to be “out” in the workplace.


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