42% of LGBT persons disclose having been discriminated against in their workplace (Friedman, 2014). The Williams Institute (2016) reports that 3.9% or nearly 238,000 of Missouri’s population identify as LGBT. These two statistics provide a good indication of just how many of our coworkers are being affected by workplace discrimination. Learn more about The Williams Institute and the research it provides to help in understanding just how many LGBT individuals are affected in Missouri.
LGBT workers face barriers in every aspect of their lives. Concerns arise when looking at the statistics of those identifying as LGBT. LGBT persons experience a
lower socio-economic status, higher percentage of unemployment, less health insurance coverage, and a lower education level (Williams Institute, 2016).
Individuals that experience discrimination are more likely to face mental health issues. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (n.d.) reports that LGBT individuals are 3 times more likely to experience a mental health condition such as depression and anxiety due to discrimination.
Top Reasons For Not Being Open
Here are some reasons why coworkers may not share with you at work who they really are. Can they risk these outcomes that will led to psychological stress?
Coworkers who don’t openly come out have to live with the fear of being discovered. Those who do come out have to be worried about how they are perceived, not just on their performance. Those who are out are judged for being too feminine or too masculine. These perceptions alone can overshadow someone’s career.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great resource for those struggling with psychological stress due to discrimination at work.
Also, here is an article that further discusses the psychological impact of LGBT discrimination.