The Center For Work-Life Policy released new findings that 48 percent of college-educated Americans are not out in the workplace. One third of them report leading double lives – closeted at work and out in their personal life.
According to the organization, employees not allowed to be their whole self are less productive and less fulfilled by their work.
Report co-author Karen Sumberg says gay-friendly employment policies aren’t always enough for employees to feel comfortable in their jobs.
“It’s not just the policies, but also how well they’re communicated,” she told The Lookout. “What we found is that people aren’t always sure that they have these policies or what it means, both gay and straight.”
Sumberg also said gays can be a “silent minority,” even among top managers. “There are a lot of senior executives out there that are not out,” she said. “The effect that a senior person has who comes out on the work environment is huge.”
In the state of Virginia, it is currently legal to deny housing to individuals or couples because they are LGBTQ. Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) hopes to change that with House Bill 1454, which would make discrimination in housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity illegal. As it stands, neither federal nor state housing laws [...]