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A recent YouGov study has revealed that employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community have annual salaries of roughly 16 percent less than their straight, non-trans (cisgender) colleagues.

The discrepancy adds up to about £7,000 per year, or €7,800. The study of UK workers was conducted by LinkedIn in partnership with Black Pride, and 4,019 workers took part.

The income gap was calculated by asking participants about their Gross Personal Income, with 2,154 straight, non-trans participants and 1,863 LGBTQ+ respondents.

The total earnings of both groups were compared, including salary, wages and rent before tax deduction. Unsurprisingly, homophobic activity is still fire in the workplace, according to the data.

28 percent of LGBTQ+ respondents said they are not out at work because of the fear of judgement, and 47 percent of these employees had no plans to come out in the future.

35 percent of LGBTQ+ participants in the study claimed to have witnessed homophobia at work, and 21 percent had experienced personal verbal abuse at work.

Other findings included the fact that female LGBTQ+ employees are actually more likely to hide their sexual orientation at work than men, and 14 percent of LGBTQ+ professionals feel their chances of promotion would be less likely if they came out at work.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Black Pride, emphasises the importance of continuing to fight for equality; 

"Whilst it's brilliant to see research like this highlighting the conversation, it's vital that there is change in the day-to-day cultures of companies to help LGBTQ employees feel comfortable at work, including those of colour that may also be experiencing discrimination and racism." she says.

It's clear there are still substantial issues which hinder LGBTQ+ professionals, and it's morally right to have an equal working environment for all.

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As publications like The Economist denounce the President of the United States for his lacklustre reaction to racial tension across the United States, social media has acted as a platform for members of the public to discuss the narrative surrounding the various acts of violence being perpetrated across America.

As people from varying political backgrounds and affiliations argue back and forth over the difference between 'black pride' and 'white pride', one particular explanation has stood out among countless others, with hundreds of thousands of Twitter users sharing it online.

"A common and seemingly reasonable argument for white pride or white nationalism is "why can't I be proud of my culture?" the post began.

"Well, you can," it continued. "Always have been able to."

"We have Irish pride celebrations, we have German drinking festivals, we have Serbian food festivals. Any European culture you can of has multiple organisations in North America dedicated to taking pride in their heritage and no one gives them sh*t."

"But, you see, when you start talking "white pride", that's not a culture," the post explained. "That's a skin colour. There is no white culture, never was. There is no pan-European culture, never was. Europe is a continent, not a culture or ethnicity."

"Now, some of you are probably about to go "But wait! Black pride! How is that okay?" Well, easy. Go find a black person and ask them if their ancestors were slaves."

Reminding social media users that black people were enslaved and had their cultures taken from them, the writer says: "They can't have Liberian pride or Congolese pride, or 'insert African country' pride because they have no f*cking idea where their ancestors came from other than the broad region of West Africa."

"Meanwhile us white people can often trace our ancestors to specific cities and regions." the writer continues. "I can trace my mother's maiden name to a single f*cking village in Ireland. I know where I come from. I don't have white culture, I have Irish culture."

"So, that's why white pride makes you an asshole, but black pride actually makes sense."

The post has been shared widely across social media over the course of the last 24 hours.

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