Monday, November 05, 2012

Are You Out At Work? Openly Gay Men Face Discrimination and Make Less Money!

This is a really interesting study. DailyXtra reports that, "Gay men who are out at work make less money and are three times more likely to experience discrimination, according to the results of the 2011 Sex Now Survey. “So people who are going into the workplace expecting to be out may come up to a shock when they find that the workplace isn’t as supportive as they thought it was,” says Terry Trussler, of the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), which conducts the annual Sex Now survey. Trussler presented the latest survey findings at the eighth annual Gay Men's Health Summit, held Nov 1 and 2 at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre in Vancouver.

A few of the facts from The 2011 Sex Now survey
  • 8,000 people responded (from across all of Canada)
  • Openly gay men on average have a higher education but a lower income than closeted men  
  • Half of the openly gay men surveyed earn more than $50,000 per year
  • 70 percent of respondents who are not out at work earn more than $50,000 a year. 
  • 60 percent reported experiences of workplace discrimination.
  • 9 percent of the openly gay respondents felt their sexuality has hurt their careers

With young gay men coming out earlier than ever, even before they get their first jobs, Aaron Poirier, Hostelling International's human resources director, wonders how employers are preparing them for the workplace — and the workplace for them. “The problem to me is that there are no financial incentives; there are no legal incentives to make companies good places to work for us,” says Poirier, who noted that only three provinces have specific legislation for harassment and bullying at work. Read More