Gay workers still can’t be themselves in ‘liberal’ nations

LGBT citizens from Canada, UK, USA, Netherlands and Japan say homophobia is still rampant and they are uncomfortable to ‘fully’ come out
16 May 2013 | By Demitri Levantis
One in three LGBT Netherland citizens said they had experienced harassment in the workplace.

Photo by Massimo Catarinella.

Over 100,000 people from nations including Canada, France, UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan, say they still suffer from discrimination and harassment at home and in work.

The LGBT 2020 Homophobia Report from Out Now Global says homophobia is still endemic – even where gay marriage has been accepted.

Out Now Global commissioned the report for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO, 17 May). According to figures released to GSN, one in three (35%) of all respondents from the Netherlands still feel unable to express themselves completely.

UK, USA, Canada and Germany also have significant cultural issues affecting how open LGBT people can be in all levels of society.

A further 52% of UK respondents said they felt able to be ‘out to everyone’ at work with 15% saying they had suffered harassment in work in the past year.

‘The findings of this report show that we have a long way to go in achieving a society which is truly welcoming and accepting of sexual and gender diversity,’ said Out Now Global CEO, Ian Johnson.

‘We hope this data goes some way to helping highlight the very real problems of homophobia and transphobia which many LGBT people encounter every day, in all parts of the world.

‘Of course one of the most important things is that averages mask diversity. There is no such thing as a “typical” LGBT person. There are just individuals.

‘People living around the world are living diverse lives – yet all have at least one characteristic that unites them – being a member of the minority group within societies known as LGBT.’

Joel Bedos from the IDAHO committee added: ‘The LGBT 2020 Study will no doubt provide renewed momentum for companies to increase their commitment to human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

‘Not only within their companies, but within the societies at large that they live and work in. By supporting local LGBT advocates who work every day to fight against stigma and discrimination, companies are proving vital in implementing a core component of their broader corporate social responsibility.’

IDAHO marks the day the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.



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