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Working with Gay Persons. Exam Emphasis Managing a gay identity in the workplace (2) What is it like to grow up gay (1) Overcoming workplace barriers (2) Legal rights (1) Stereotypes & Myths (3) Current profile (1). Stereotypes & Myths. Gays cluster in certain occupations

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Working with gay persons
Working with Gay Persons

  • Exam Emphasis

    • Managing a gay identity in the workplace (2)

    • What is it like to grow up gay (1)

    • Overcoming workplace barriers (2)

    • Legal rights (1)

    • Stereotypes & Myths (3)

    • Current profile (1)

Stereotypes myths
Stereotypes & Myths

  • Gays cluster in certain occupations

    • Feel safer to “come out” in certain fields

    • They are found in a wide range of fields

  • People who associate with gays are probably gay themselves “courtesy stigma”

    • Creates barriers to building support/mentor networks needed for career success

  • Gays in sensitive high-level jobs are a security risk

Stereotypes myths1
Stereotypes & Myths

  • Gay persons don’t have normal, lasting relationships

    • No significant difference in relationship satisfaction

    • Most desire an enduring, close relationship

  • Gay men act feminine and lesbians act masculine

    • Most gay couples reject traditional M/F roles in their relationship

Stereotypes myths2
Stereotypes & Myths

  • Gay sex is immoral and gay persons are promiscuous

    • Immorality is a religious/philosophical belief and can’t be proved/disproved

    • At some point some % of all population is promiscuous

  • Gay persons are a bad influence on children

    • All gays are not pedophiles nor do they all want relationships with younger men

Past connections
Past Connections

  • Stonewall: A turning point

    • 4 days of gay riots; marks the birth of the modern gay rights movement

  • Cultural breakthroughs

    • Gay Games founded in 1982

    • Popular celebrities are now speaking out publicly about their sexual orientation

    • Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell

Current profile
Current Profile

  • 2.15% of the population is gay

    • This holds true for all ethnic groups, economic categories, social classes, etc.

  • Higher educational levels and jobs

    • Out of the closest gays hold well-paying professional jobs, 60% college educated

  • Lower pay for comparable work

    • Gay men’s wages are 27% lower than straights

Nature impact of antigay prejudice
Nature & Impact of Antigay Prejudice

  • Reasons for antigay prejudice

    • Maybe they’ll come on to me

    • Maybe I’ll get AIDS by being around them

    • I have to show disapproval of gays so people will know that I’m not gay

  • Who is likely to be prejudiced?

    • Male, older, less well educated

    • Reside in rural areas, the Midwest or the South

    • Strongly religious

Nature impact of antigay prejudice1
Nature & Impact of Antigay Prejudice

  • Exclusion, ridicule & assault result in a range of psychological damage to the gay person

  • In 40 states is legal to fire a gay person based solely on sexual orientation

    • Most people believe that gay persons should have equal employment & free speech opportunities

Growing up gay
Growing up Gay

  • Phases of Gay Awareness

    • Stage #1 – denying

    • Stage #2 – recognizing

    • Stage #3 – experimenting

    • Stage #4 – accepting and coming out

Growing up gay1
Growing up Gay

  • Dealing with Antigay Bias

    • Threatened with a weapon at school (4x)

    • Miss school due to safety concerns (5x)

    • Commit suicide (3x)

  • Dealing with Damage to Self-Esteem

    • Dating, marriage, & children are events to be anticipated by straights but not gays

The gay community
The Gay Community

  • The Gay Community

    • Most gays function in two cultures, the larger culture and the gay culture

  • Support Networks

    • Provide psychological support & social acceptance

  • Gay Couples

    • 50% of gay Men & 75% of lesbians have a steady couples relationship

  • Gay Parents

    • Gay parents report that their children are straight

Managing a gay identity in the workplace
Managing a Gay Identity in the Workplace

  • Gays in the Closet

    • Counterfeiting a straight identity

    • Dodging the issue

  • Gays Who Come Out

    • Calculating the risk

    • Facing the reactions*

    • Minimizing gayness

    • Normalizing gayness

    • Making gayness an asset

    • Heaving a sigh of relief

What legal rights do gay persons have
What Legal Rights Do Gay Persons Have?

  • Equal Employment Rights

    • Federal Protection only for federal employees

    • A few states, counties, and cities have specific laws against gay discrimination

  • Pursuing Family Rights

    • Domestic Partner Laws

  • Resisting Private Sex as a Crime

Leadership challenge overcoming workplace barriers
Leadership Challenge: Overcoming Workplace Barriers

  • Blocks to Spontaneity – Seeing Gays as Abnormal

  • The Sexual Double Standard

    • Straight persons can discuss sexual partners at work but gays can’t

  • Prejudice & Discrimination that drain corporate assets

    • Talent drain, energy drain & productivity drain

Leadership challenge overcoming workplace barriers1
Leadership Challenge: Overcoming Workplace Barriers

  • Walls of Silence that Deaden Creativity

  • Treating Gay Persons as Tokens

  • Hostile Corporate Cultures and Gay Ghettos

    • May move to more tolerant depts. or where gays are clustered

    • Jobs have concrete measures of success

  • The Lavender Glass Ceiling

    • Limiting advancement & career opportunities

Leadership opportunities building on gay persons strengths
Leadership Opportunities: Building on Gay Persons’ Strengths

  • Follow the Lead of Savvy Organizations

  • Recognize that Gay Persons Have High-Value Skills

  • Help build Gay Support Network

  • Encourage Company Benefits for Gay Employee’s Partners

  • Promote Education about Gay Issues

  • Help Create a Savvy Corporate Culture