Gay workers still can’t be themselves in ‘liberal’ nations

LGBT citizens from Canada, UK, USA, Netherlands and Japan say homophobia is still rampant and they are uncomfortable to 'fully' come out

Gay workers still can’t be themselves in ‘liberal’ nations
16 May 2013

Over 100,000 people from nations including Canada, France, UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan, say they still suffer from discrimination and harassment at home and in work.

The LGBT 2020 Homophobia Report from Out Now Global says homophobia is still endemic – even where gay marriage has been accepted.

Out Now Global commissioned the report for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO, 17 May). According to figures released to GSN, one in three (35%) of all respondents from the Netherlands still feel unable to express themselves completely.

UK, USA, Canada and Germany also have significant cultural issues affecting how open LGBT people can be in all levels of society.

A further 52% of UK respondents said they felt able to be ‘out to everyone’ at work with 15% saying they had suffered harassment in work in the past year.

‘The findings of this report show that we have a long way to go in achieving a society which is truly welcoming and accepting of sexual and gender diversity,’ said Out Now Global CEO, Ian Johnson.

‘We hope this data goes some way to helping highlight the very real problems of homophobia and transphobia which many LGBT people encounter every day, in all parts of the world.

‘Of course one of the most important things is that averages mask diversity. There is no such thing as a “typical” LGBT person. There are just individuals.

‘People living around the world are living diverse lives – yet all have at least one characteristic that unites them – being a member of the minority group within societies known as LGBT.’

Joel Bedos from the IDAHO committee added: ‘The LGBT 2020 Study will no doubt provide renewed momentum for companies to increase their commitment to human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

‘Not only within their companies, but within the societies at large that they live and work in. By supporting local LGBT advocates who work every day to fight against stigma and discrimination, companies are proving vital in implementing a core component of their broader corporate social responsibility.’

IDAHO marks the day the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Will gay US congressman Barney Frank become a senator?

He does not rule out temporarily replacing John Kerry if Massachusetts senator is appointed Secretary of State
No thumbnail available

Darren Criss won't be hosting US version of The X Factor

Actor who plays gay teen on Glee reportedly too busy for another gig
No thumbnail available

Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen to star in new gay sitcom

Openly gay British acting legends will play an elderly couple living in the middle of London
No thumbnail available

Road sign in Utah reads 'God Hates Gays'

An illuminated road sign in Provo, Utah, was allegedly hacked and reprogrammed to display 'God Hates Gays'
No thumbnail available

Greg Louganis and Jason Collins to protest Indiana law around NCAA Final Four

NCAA under pressure to move national college basketball championship out of the state
Cyprus adds sexual orientation and gender identity to anti vilification code

Cyprus adds sexual orientation and gender identity to anti vilification code

The Republic of Cyprus has moved to ban the vilification of people based on their sexuality or gender identity 9 years after it added its first anti-discrimination protections for gays
No thumbnail available

Christian MP who says marriage is just for procreation remarries at 79

The Rev. Fred Nile – an outspoken Australian lawmaker who says marriage is only for creating children – has remarried at 79 to a woman who is 55
No thumbnail available

7 people who cannot quite believe Barry Manilow is gay

But...you told us her name was Lola?
Liberal Democrat leader supports new campaign to lift gay men blood ban

Liberal Democrat leader supports new campaign to lift gay men blood ban

Tim Farron recently came under fire for refusing to say whether he considered gay sex to be ‘sinful’
No thumbnail available

'Cher' lectures Paris Hilton on how to treat the gays

Hilarious video sees Cher, played by YouTube sensation Charlie Hides, tell Paris Hilton how to be a diva