Equality and Human Rights
Equality and Human Rights

Sexual Orientation is a Protected Characteristic relating to a person’s sexual orientation towards people of:


  1. The same sex as him or her (the person is a gay man or a lesbian)
  2. The opposite sex from him or her (the person is heterosexual)
  3. Both sexes (the person is bisexual)


The Equality Act 2010 replaces the provisions of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and the Equality Act 2006. The law prohibits discrimination that is direct or indirect and whether it is based on a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation. For example, protection is provided if someone uses homophobic banter (i.e. comments, words and actions/gestures that refer negatively to gay, lesbian or bisexual people) to a person who is presumed to be gay but is in fact heterosexual.


For more information you can contact the NHS Fife Equality and Human Rights Team by:


  • Email -    fife-uhb.equalityandhumanrights@nhs.net
  • Phone -  01592 729130 (external) or 29130 (internal)
  • NHS Fife SMS Text Service - 07805800005 (for people with a hearing or verbal impairment)

For more information contact

Equality and Human Rights, Equality and Diversity 
Tel: 01592 729130 Contact Equality and Human Rights online


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