Out of the closet: an investigation into prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK

Peckham, James (2013) Out of the closet: an investigation into prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Until the mid-nineteenth century homosexual acts were punishable by death. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual activity and paved the way for lesbian, gay and bisexual equal rights. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has since become illegal, same sex couples have been given the right to adopt and civil partnerships have been introduced. In February 2013, MP’s voted to introduce same-sex marriage in Great Britain by 2015. But LGB rights in the UK are not fully equal; for example there are currently no plans to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
    This project contains four features which focus on homophobia in the UK in 2013. All are written in the style of The Guardian. The first focuses on the destructive repercussions of hate crime motivated by sexual orientation. Speaking to a recent victim of a homophobic attack, the article highlights how LGB hate crime figures are higher than many would expect.
    The second feature looks at homosexuality in sport with a focal point on intolerance of LGB people in football. With interviews from a former rugby player, turned activist and various sporting bodies such as Sport England, this feature looks into the reasons why players are willing to come out in rugby but not in the UK’s most popular sport.
    The third feature looks into homophobia in the workplace. Many are still bullied on a daily basis making their work life difficult and therefore creating an unhealthy work environment. Interviews with charities and companies tackling the problem are featured.
    Education is the focus of the final piece. Focusing on primary and secondary education, this piece looks at what is being done in schools to tackle homophobic bullying and how intervention at a young age can help create a more open attitude to different sexual orientations.
    Accompanying these features is an analysis exploring the representation of LGB people and issues within The Daily Mail. With reference to the theory of moral panics, it argues that The Daily Mail exhibits an openly negative view of homosexuality which is detrimental to the homosexual image.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 16:28
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13914

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