Study shows gay men in Italy less likely to get a job

Report by Fondazione Rodolfo De Benedetti indicates gay men face more discrimination when searching for work

Study shows gay men in Italy less likely to get a job
06 June 2012

For an Italian gay man, finding a job is harder than ever. A study by the Fondazione Rodolfo De Benedetti shows that it is 30% more difficult for an openly gay man to find a job.

The Milan-based institute of research, directed by Tito Boeri, sent companies 3,000 fake CV and cover letters. Those indicating an internship at Arcigay, Italy’s main LGBT association, were less successful and did not lead to an interview.

The study also showed that, for a lesbian, nothing changes and the rate of successful interviews is not lower than that of straight women.

The researchers commented: ‘Italy is still one of the most homophobic countries in the world, after the islamic countries and Eastern Euope.’

ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) recently said that England is the most gay friendly country in the world, followed by Germany and Spain. But, while the first three countries reached a score of 21, Italy, in comparison, has been rated only 2.5.

A recent survey by Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT) showed that  53.7% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Italian citizens have experienced discrimination, while only 27.9% of straights have been discriminated against.

The study by Fondazione Rodolfo De Benedetti, made between January and March 2012, will be presented next Saturday (9 June) in Trani, southern Italy.

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