Seven Views of Coming Out at Work
The vast majority of Americans feel that employees should be evaluated based on performance and not their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a survey from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. While gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) adults are more open than in years past with co-workers and supervisors, their comfort level at work lags in comparison to that felt with family and friends. Bisexuals have considerably more difficulty with this issue in the workplace than gays and lesbians. "These numbers show us that there is still work to do before people are comfortable being open about their sexual orientation at work," says Selisse Berry, executive director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. "In particular, more needs to be done to ensure that bisexuals can disclose their identities safely. The discrimination that bisexual people face in the workplace is sometimes overlooked or dismissed." More than 2,600 U.S. adults (including 304 who identified themselves as LGBT) took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Interactive. For more about the survey, click here.