Gay and lesbian people of all ages in the London area deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and understanding. Unfortunately, things do not always shake out in this manner. People often fear or repel the things that they do not understand. However, it is an unwillingness to understand that gets many people into trouble with those who identify themselves as being gay or lesbian. Consider the social and professional ramifications that these people face, and you can see why so many choose to remain in the closet, as opposed to coming out to their friends and family members. Let's take a look at some of the recipes for better success in working within this community of people.
There are many groups that already work with a wide range of people of all ages, who also come from different backgrounds. It is the responsibility of human organisations to ensure that they can meet the needs of the LGBT community as well. Services must effectively include this group in order to meet their needs. In order to help people within the community to feel more accepted, certain key issues must be broached.
A huge aspect of feeling safe and supported is the fact that an organisation treats everyone with respect. Equal opportunities abound, and the issue of homophobia is openly discussed and addressed. Homophobia should be attacked in much the same fashion that people attack serious issues like racism and sexism. Anti-bullying policies also need to take into account the serious issues that gay teens face every day in London. Anti-bullying steps should be very visible to all people within a school or work setting.
Positive action, and not just talk, needs to be at the forefront of the movement toward equal treatment of all people, not just those who are gay or lesbian. A representative group of community leaders can work wonders in regard to the public perceptions associated with the LGBT communities. Knowledge is the ultimate key to success, and the more knowledgeable everyone becomes, the closer people feel to one another.