Gay people face discrimination when arranging funerals, survey reveals

Co-op Funeralcare director says ‘barriers remain even in death’ as survey shows 25% of LGBT people expect to face prejudice Share Tweet this

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Study: One in ten gay people face discrimination when arranging a funeral

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A survey published today has revealed that 10% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced discrimination either at a funeral or whilst arranging one.

The study was conducted by Stonewall and The Co-operative Funeralcare, and also found that 48% of LGB people lived in fear of discrimination when dealing with bereavement.

55% of respondents over 45 said they had no financial provision in place for their own funeral.

The most likely people to discriminate against people with same-sex partners were family members and religious leaders.

Out of the respondents, 24% said they thought they would face barriers when planning a funeral, and 23% said they were worried about being treated poorly by a funeral director.

Ruth Hunt, Acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “Many older lesbian, gay and bisexual people grew up in a time when they were discriminated against and persecuted simply because of who they are. It’s therefore hardly surprising that so many feel reluctant to access services to help them plan for later life.

“At Stonewall we know that we stand on the shoulders of a generation whose tireless work helped to change Britain and the world for the better. We now have a responsibility to make sure that they receive the help and support they deserve for themselves and their families. That is why we’re working with community groups and faith organisations to help make this a reality.”

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Victorian Labor vows to counteract any changes to Racial Discrimination Act

George Brandis has come under fire from community groups over his proposal to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AAP

The federal government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act will be fully counteracted in Victoria if Labor wins the state election in November, the party has confirmed.

Victoria’s opposition said it will bring in legislation which will replicate section 18C of the commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act if the federal Coalition goes ahead with its plan to repeal it.

Labor said its bill, if passed, would make it unlawful to

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US: Mississippi law legalising anti-gay discrimination now in effect

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A Mississippi law that legalises anti-gay discrimination on the grounds of ‘religious freedom’ has come into effect.

Mississippi passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in April, which legalises discrimination against gay and lesbian people based on religious beliefs.

The act, which bans authorities from placing a “burden” on “a person’s right to the exercise of religion”, and could be used to protect business owners who discriminate against LGBT people, was signed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant less than a week later.

The law has now come into effect, meaning that as of July 1, businesses in the state are effectively allowed to turn away or discriminate against customers on the grounds of their sexuality, if they claim to do so because of religious beliefs.

Several cities in the state have attempted to opt out of the law, approving resolutions which reinforce the equality of its LGBT residents.

Cities including Jackson, Bay St Louis, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Magnolia, Oxford and Starkville, have passed such resolutions.

Equality Mississippi are resisting the law by distributing window stickers for businesses saying: “We don’t discriminate

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