“I don’t even want to come out”: the suppressed voices of our future and opening the lid on sexual and gender minority youth workplace discrimination in Europe: a qualitative study

Seiler-Ramadas, Radhika and Markovic, Lovro and Staras, Chase and Medina, Laura and Perak, Jelena and Carmichael, Christina and Horvat, Matej and Bajkusa, Mario and Baros, Sladjana and Smith, Lee and McDermott, Daragh T. and Grabovac, Igor (2021) “I don’t even want to come out”: the suppressed voices of our future and opening the lid on sexual and gender minority youth workplace discrimination in Europe: a qualitative study. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. ISSN 1553-6610

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00644-0

Abstract

Introduction- In Europe, young sexual and gender minority (SGM) people continue to face discrimination in the labour sector despite advances in legislation towards their acceptance and equal treatment. Non-discrimination policy strategies helping SGM individuals are not equally enforced in all contexts, making it difficult for many SGM individuals to disclose their identity, hence undermining their health and well-being. Methods- Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted between October 2020 and February 2021 with 55 SGM youth (18–27 years) having work experience from Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and the UK. Results- From the analysis, three overarching themes were significant: (1) societal discrimination played a major role in sociocultural factors and policy considerations, (2) workplace discrimination had distinct factors and impacts on SGM individuals and (3) SGM inclusion should use strategies to ensure workplace diversity and equality. Conclusions- SGM individuals from contexts of poor acceptance tended to hide their identity in the workplace, while transgender and non-binary individuals were prone to experience force-disclosure and discrimination in all aspects of employment. There is a lack of resolute reaction from policy makers in managing problems faced by SGM people in workplaces. New laws improving the status of SGM people need to be further adopted, staff training should be implemented, and managers are crucial in achieving an inclusive climate in the workplace. Policy Implications- It is essential to implement policies on how to effectively handle problems faced by sexual and gender minority people in the workplace.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Workplace discrimination, LGBT youth, Qualitative, Sexual minority, Mental health, Anti-discrimination policy
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 10:35
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 17:08
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706909

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