“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was the name of Bill Clinton’s compromise policy allowing gay service personnel to stay in the military as long as they kept quiet about their sexuality.
Judging from a new report from Stonewall, something similar exists for lesbian, gay or bisexual staff in health and social care. Researchers found “stark evidence” of discrimination and casual homophobia. But most worryingly, people are afraid to report incidents to their boss for fear of damaging their career.
Social care’s ethos is founded on the values of inclusion. It’s time managers realised that homophobia is as unacceptable in the workplace as racism and sexism.