Sexual Orientation Equality

This section defines the protected characteristic of sexual orientation as being a person’s sexual orientation towards:

•people of the same sex as him or her (in other words the person is a gay man or a lesbian)

•people of the opposite sex from him or her (the person is heterosexual)

•people of both sexes (the person is bisexual).

It also explains that references to people sharing a sexual orientation mean that they are of the same sexual orientation.


•A man who experiences sexual attraction towards both men and women is “bisexual” in terms of sexual orientation even if he has only had relationships with women.

•A man and a woman who are both attracted only to people of the opposite sex from them share a sexual orientation as “heterosexual”.

•A man who is attracted only to other men is a gay man. A woman who is attracted only to other women is a lesbian.  So a gay man and a lesbian share a sexual orientation.

To tell us what you think about Sexual Orientation Equality in Northumberland, please contact us.

Sexual Orientation Equality – useful links

Stonewall – Renowned for its campaigning and lobbying, Stonewall also works with a whole range of agencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community.

MESMAC – A gay and bisexual men’s community support service covering the North East of England. Services are open to all gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, including those who are still unsure if they’re gay or bisexual. It also provides services for men who are HIV+, HIV- or just don’t know.

The Women and Equality Unit – Has a number of pages setting out commitment to a just and fair society and the progress made in a number of areas relating to sexual orientation.

Out North East – A Website and magazine with articles and listings about what is on and where, reviews, events, travel and more.

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