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Attitudes towards Protected Characteristics (LGBTQ/Gender/Age)

Legistlative Barriers


Behavioural Barriers

  • Check local customs and social practices and be aware of current levels of acceptance and tolerance of diversity and reported hostility arising from that.
  • Dress appropriately - try to fit in without attracting attention.
  • Even in LGBTQ+-friendly countries, take the same precautions you would at home. For example, don’t leave drinks unattended and be wary if you’re offered drinks by a stranger
  • If you receive unwelcome attention or unwelcome remarks about your sexuality or gender identity, it’s usually best to ignore them and move to a safe place. Depending on the country or area you’re in, you may then want to report it to the authorities