Workshop – Sexual orientation discrimination outside the labour market by Peter Dunne
In this workshop Peter Dunne presented and explored the findings of a thematic report he has written for the network on sexual orientation non-discrimination rights outside the labour market. In his presentation Peter described current Member State (and UK) protections against sexual orientation discrimination in four key areas: social protection, social advantages, education and access to and the supply of goods and services. He acknowledged welcome progress and models of good practice, but also highlighted critical areas of concern, including key legislative gaps, topics of political sensitivity and the absence of case law. However, he also concluded that, despite important progress, many challenges remain for lesbian, gay and bisexual people outside the labour market. He recommended that national policy makers, when deciding in favour of relationship recognition (a national discretionary power), include the equality dimensions of such recognition as a factor in their deliberations, with the aim of providing safeguards for all couples to enjoy basic safety and security, irrespective of sexual orientation.