Friday 20 April 2018

Nearly half of LGBT employees are not 'out' at work

Almost 50pc of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minorities) workers are not 'out' at work, according to LGBT+ professional network Outstanding. Stock photo: Getty
Almost 50pc of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minorities) workers are not 'out' at work, according to LGBT+ professional network Outstanding. Stock photo: Getty
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Almost 50pc of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minorities) workers are not 'out' at work, according to LGBT+ professional network Outstanding.

The figures were presented at the network's first international event held in Dublin on Tuesday.

Outstanding's research indicates that nearly two-thirds of Generation Y graduates (people born in the 1980s or early 1990s) go back into the closet when they start their first job. In addition, 43pc of gay men said they had experienced homophobia at work, according to the internationally-compiled statistics.

"Harnessing the talent of all executives and allowing them to be themselves is hugely powerful for companies, society and more importantly, for the individuals themselves," Outstanding chief executive and founder Suki Sandhu told the event.

"But there is still a long way to go for LGBT+ diversity in business. By creating inclusive work environments where people feel they belong, companies can benefit from increased productivity."

Almost of third of respondents to a 2014 survey of Irish lesbian, gay and bisexual employees said they had been harassed at work.

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