Despite inclusion being beneficial for companies, as much as 35% of LGBTQ people are not comfortable coming out at work, as they fear discrimination from their coworkers, according to Georgia Voice.
The apprehensive LGBTQ workers fear physical assault and psychological trauma, as 18% of LGBTQ people have experienced hurtful comments by coworkers, 10% of minorities have been physically assaulted by customers and coworkers, and 12% of transgender workers have also been assaulted.
In addition, 31% of nonbinary people and 18% of trans workers are not comfortable accurately expressing their gender identity, 12% of gay and lesbian employees and 21% of trans workers do not feel comfortable reporting discrimination. While these statistics represent a minority of people, the numbers are still too high, as nobody should be uncomfortable with expressing who they are at work and they should never feel uncomfortable reporting discrimination.
One worker, named Jacob, a twenty-two-year-old from Scotland, says that he faces discrimination at his job at a beauty store, being called "f****t* and "gay" from people outside the store. While he wasn't physically assaulted, he did say that it made him feel unsafe. Many LGBTQ people face this type of homophobia every day and work should be a place in which people feel safe but, unfortunately, it just doesn't happen, despite studies showing that inclusivity in the workplace boosts productivity as well as making at least half of Americans more likely to buy from companies that support LGBTQ rights.
Homophobia and LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace (or anywhere really) is unacceptable and should not be tolerated and working in an environment in which people frequently experience homophobia can and most likely will decrease productivity and general well being, and as long as anti-LGBT actions and remarks continue to be excused, LGBTQ workers will be uncomfortable being themselves around their coworkers, which is why it's important to educate people on LGBTQ issues so that homophobic comments and actions can be a thing of the past.
h/t: Georgia Voice