Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden
Chapter 26: Out at work?
In many social contexts, minority sexual orientation remains a stigmatised social identity and, further, an identity that has the potential to be concealed. This leads to situations where individuals have a choice to make about where, when, how and to whom they might reveal their identity, or indeed consciously conceal their identity. The disclosure decision is explored in relation to the workplace context, with a discussion of organisational climate as a major factor in determining the outcome of the conceal-versus-reveal decision. The psycho-social impact of this decision and its potential consequences for career progression are explored. In concluding, the implications for organisational policy and practice are explored.
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