Sexual orientation

AGM 2014

Many thanks to all those who attended the DLA AGM and annual social event on Tuesday, 25th February 2014.

Our guest speaker was Lou Englefield, director of Pride Sports, who spoke very eloquently on “Homophobia in Football - Tackling Discrimination in the Beautiful Game” and was happy to answer the many questions that her talk provoked.

Pride Sports is the UK’s LGBT Sports Development and Equality organisation, established in 2006.  In 2012 Pride Sports took over the delivery of the Football v Homophobia campaign, an annual initiative to raise awareness of and tackle LGBT discrimination in football.

The DLA is very grateful to Doughty Street Chambersfor hosting the meeting.


This response to the UK government consultation highlights the DLA's concerns regarding the proposal for an EC Directive providing protection against discrimination outside of employment on grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

Discrimination and Redundancy

Redundancy ... is it a smoke screen concealing the real reason for selection?

This powerpoint presentation was provided by Elizabeth Graves, Kathleen Healy and Susan Doris from Freshfields

Sexual Orientation Regulations – Goods, Facilities and Services

March 2007

With the introduction of The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007, this PGM lead by Ulele Burnham of Doughty Street Chambers, discusses definitions, exemptions, and enforcement. Notes on the issue are available in Briefing 447, Vol. 31  

EC Proposals for a new Directive prohibiting discrimination outside employment

In its submission to the EC, the DLA makes a number of specific recommendations regarding the text of this proposed Directive, specifically in the areas of exceptions, positive action, victimination, multiple discrimination, equality bodies, and public procurement.

The DLA strongly recommends that these changes are introduced via a single Directive covering all four grounds of discrimination (religion or belief, age, disability, and sexual orientation), rather than separate Directives for each ground. We believe that a single Directive will aid legal clarity and transparency from the perspective of individuals, employers and service-providers. In addition, a single Directive is a better response to the situation of those who experience multiple discrimination. The DLA raises the concern that the introduction of a further Directive does not lead to any regression from the level of protection already guaranteed in the existing Directives.

January 2008

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