What is OKAY?

Did you know?

Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination.

The objective OKAY campaign is to rid Australian workplaces of homophobia and bigotry, promote inclusivity and acceptance to every Australian, regardless of their Sexual Orientation.

The OKAY campaign, calls on Australian Businesses, Organisations and Corporations to take a stand against behaviour and actions that jeopardise the safety (including Physical, Emotional and Psychological) of their employees. 

The OKAY sticker symbolises a commitment, from the Business and staff that they will speak up against acts of bullying, degradation and assault, and promote Diversity, Inclusion and Acceptance in their business.

By displaying the OKAY Sticker in your workplace, it serves as a symbol of Acceptance and an acknowledgement that EVERYONE has the right, to feel safe at work.

To fully understand the impacts of this kind of behaviour, here are a few Key Statistics:

  • A large number of LGBTI+ people hide their sexuality or gender identity when accessing services (34 per cent), at social and community events (42 per cent) and at work (39 per cent). Young people aged 16 to 24 years are most likely to hide their sexuality or gender identity.

  • LGBTI+ young people report experiencing verbal homophobic abuse (61 per cent), physical homophobic abuse (18 per cent) and other types of homophobia (nine per cent), including cyberbullying, graffiti, social exclusion and humiliation.

  • Eighty per cent of homophobic bullying involving LGBTI+ young people occurs at school and has a profound impact on their well-being and education.

  • Transgender males and females experience significantly higher rates of non-physical and physical abuse compared with lesbians and gay men.

  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are three times more likely to experience depression compared to the broader population.

  • Around 60 per cent of same-sex attracted and gender-questioning young people said they experienced verbal abuse because of their sexuality, while 18 per cent reported experiencing physical abuse. Young men (70 per cent) and gender-questioning young people (66 per cent) were more likely than young women (53 per cent) to experience verbal abuse.

Click Here to read our Story, and see why this campaign is so vitally important in 2020.

 

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