Equality is not about treating everyone the same. It’s about recognising and respecting diversity and difference.
Equality is not about giving certain groups “special treatment” or “extra rights”. It’s about treating everyone as individuals with respect and consideration and being aware of the impact that our words and actions can have on others and on society. It’s about recognising the impact that prejudice and discrimination has on people and taking positive and constructive steps to ensure that we do not perpetuate or promote negative attitudes, stereotypes or damaging misconceptions about certain communities or individuals.
Diversity is not about meeting quotas. It’s about embracing and celebrating the richness of society and ensuring that under-represented communities have a stake in that society.
Diversity is about relationships and creating an environment that people can thrive in.
Despite some advances in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes remain prevalent in our society. These discriminatory and oppressive attitudes and ideologies damage the lives of, not only, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but the whole of society.
The voluntary sector has played an important role in challenging discrimination and promoting equality and diversity. However, much remains to be done in Scotland to challenge persistent discrimination and the voluntary sector can do more in this role.
This section will provide you with some practical guidance and useful tools that will help you to ensure that a commitment to equality and diversity are central to the work of your organisation.