Sexual orientation


Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, and means a person's orientation towards persons of the same sex (i.e. the person is a gay man or a gay woman/lesbian), persons of the opposite sex (i.e. the person is straight or heterosexual) or persons of either sex (i.e. the person is bisexual).

It does not include gender reassignment.

Further information

Stonewall Diversity Champions

Stonewall - Top 100 employer

Stonewall are Britain's leading gay equality organisation, and work with organisations to improve their working environment and further develop a workplace culture which will allow employees to be valued for themselves and give 100%. Success is measured in the Workplace Equality Index which Stonewall publish annually.

Bury Council are proud to be Stonewall Diversity Champions.

POG - Proud of Gayness group

POG is a support group for LGBTQ young people in Bury. It is a safe space for young people who identify as LGBTQ to take part in fun activities, meet new people and access support. The group usually meets on the first and third Monday of the month. If you would like to find out more about the group or would like to come to the next meeting, contact the Bury Council Youth Service ( or ring Lisa on 0161 253 6763.

Bury LGBT networking group

Bury has a community group for local LGBT people - for further information please email the Bury LGBT Networking Group ( This is a group set up by local people to provide signposting and social activities.


Contact for Equality and Diversity