Data collection and publication - sexual orientation: guidance

Guidance for public bodies on the collection of data on sexual orientation.


1. Equality Act 2010 (

2. Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (

3. The duty only applies to the protected characteristic of marriage and civil partnership in relation to eliminating unlawful discrimination etc. relating to work under Part 5 of the 2010 Act.

4. The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (, as amended (link to original version, with subsequent amendments not yet incorporated).

5. Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 (

6. Section 4 of the 2010 Act sets out the nine characteristics that are protected under that Act.

7. A showcard is a visual aid to help interviewers when a question has multiple response so they can show the respondents the response categories without having to read them out.

8. Sexual orientation data harmonised standard – GSS (

9. Measuring Sexual identity A guide for researchers: [Archived Content] UK Government Web Archive - The National Archives



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