Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 26: Out at work?

Fiona Gavin


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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