Members of the LGBTQ+ community are sadly used to prejudice in the workplace - but one controversial story has sparked a debate this week.
Now, there's no doubt the LGBTQ+ community is stronger than ever...
Since the annual observance of LGBT History Month began in the U.S. in 1994, the growth and acceptance of this community has been absolutely staggering.
LGBTQ+ identifying people are prouder than ever before...
via: ShutterstockAnd, because of the growing numbers of barriers being broken down, more and more people are coming out openly and proudly as LGBTQ.
But discrimination still lurks...
via: ShutterstockDespite amazing development, an array of narrow-minded individuals who spread constant hatred and fear amongst this community are still in existence.
Discrimination comes in many different forms.
via: ShutterstockWhether it's in the form of cyber-bullying or in the form of a violent physical act, discrimination against the LGBTQ community is rife... but never the less, no type of discrimination is okay.
These hate crimes are happening all over the world and it's not okay...
via: ShutterstockIt's a heartbreaking reality that hate crimes against the community still happen.
Education is key...
via: ShutterstockIt is common knowledge that those who discriminate against and abuse members of the LGBTQ community are often uneducated on the topic, and are lashing out against something unfamiliar to them.
And this is why education on the topic is so important...
via: ShutterstockThe more people that are educated about the community, the fewer hate crimes and attacks there will be against LGBTQ+ identifying people.
But it is a sad reality that no matter what, there will always be people out there who are against the community...
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And this is something brave members of the community fight against every day.
But one controversial story has the internet talking this week.
About a firefighter who was fired for workplace discrimination - but had a pretty valid excuse, too ...
Philip Staines was fired from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for an offensive remark.
He called colleague Jonny Metcalfe "half a man."
Metcalfe took this as a reference to him being gay.
But Staines claimed "I call him Arthur, Arthur man, half a man because of his size. I can't call him Stumpy or anything else. It's just banter. We were just laughing and joking. It's not degrading.."
Metcalfe claimed the comment made him feel "offended and emotionally upset."
Employment Judge Buckley said "It appears obvious to me that 'half a man' might be interpreted by a gay man as an offensive comment on their sexual orientation. In my view [Mr Staines] ought also to have appreciated that."
His firing has been upheld but he has been granted notice pay equally $16,500.
Do you think he should have been fired?