n HR Future - How diverse and inclusive is your workplace? - Part Two

Volume 2020 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1608-8506


Fear prevents most LGBTQ workers from being open, forcing them to downplay or hide aspects of their true selves such as the nature of their personal relationships (that is, referring to boyfriend as girlfriend) or changing the way they dress or speak. 46% of LGBTQ workers in the US are closeted in the workplace. Employees report feeling exhausted from spending time and energy concealing their sexual orientation and gender identity. Similar research in the UK in 2019 found that 58% of young LGBTQ people are not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at work because they worry about being discriminated against. 31% of LGBTQ people said they went “back into the closet” when they started their first job.

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