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One in five LGBT people still aren’t ‘out’ at work, according to national survey

One in five (19 per cent) LGBT employees has not felt able to be open with colleagues about their sexuality, according to findings from a government-backed national survey that paint a picture of widespread negativity towards LGBT individuals at work.

The survey, published yesterday, was launched in July 2017 to gather the experiences of LGBT people in the UK and set in place a plan to combat prejudice across society. It formed the largest survey of LGBT people in the world to date, with more than 108,000 responses.

More than one in five respondents (23 per cent) experienced a negative or mixed reaction from others in the workplace because of being LGBT, while 77 per cent of people who had experienced a ‘serious’ workplace incident related to their sexuality said they did not report it because they thought it “would not be worth it” or that “nothing would happen or change”.

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July 5, 2018

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