The top priority of LGBT staff is “dignity and respect” at work, a Unite survey has shown.

The union’s Have Your Say survey also revealed that workers believe trade unions must use education to eliminate homophobia and tackle discrimination.

Collette Cork-Hurst, national secretary for equalities, said: “It’s not too much to ask, LGBT people deserve fair treatment just like everybody else. We have to take this issue seriously and continue our union campaign for our LGBT members to achieve equality at work and in society.”

Betty Gallacher, chair of the national LGBT committee, said: “On a positive note, we have moved on and legislation has progressed to stamp out discrimination and hatred and to promote respect at work.

“We have to educate workers, parents, children and young people if we want to get real equality in the workplace. We are valuable members of our communities and no different to anyone else, we just love differently.”

On Monday, the Stonewall workplace equality convention highlighted equality as “economic sense”.

Keynote speaker Baroness Royall, the leader of the House of Lords, said: “Equality is not only a right in itself, but it makes economic sense too.”