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LGBT discrimination fears rise ahead of conference in Canary Wharf

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 October 2016

The conference will be held at Clifford Chance headquarters in Canary Wharf. Pic: PAImages

The conference will be held at Clifford Chance headquarters in Canary Wharf. Pic: PAImages

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New data released ahead of the UK’s largest LGBT careers conference shows that more people are worried about workplace discrimination based on their sexuality than last year.

The latest research from YouGov shows that just less than a quarter (23 per cent) of LGBT students polled worry about workplace discrimination - up from 11pc last year.

The LGBT Leaders Conference, to be held tomorrow at Clifford Chance headquarters, in Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf, was founded in response to the growing number of people hiding their sexuality in the workplace.

Cai Wilshaw, the founder of LGBT Leaders, said the latest poll is a ‘worrying indicator’.

“In a year when the LGBT community has been under threat, this is yet another worrying indicator that students feel afraid to be their authentic selves not only in the workplace, but also going about their daily lives,” said Cai.

“The LGBT Leaders Conference seeks to dispel this fear, and give future graduates the confidence to be out and proud at work.

“These figures just go to show that there has never been a more important time to champion LGBT rights for young people across the country.”

The LGBT Leaders Conference aims to help LGBT undergraduates transition from university to the workplace.

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