Are you out at work yet?

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The University of Cincinnati has found that gay men often hide or ‘manage’ their sexuality in corporate jobs. The research shows that gay men often feel they have to change certain distinctive body language behaviours and gestures in order to avoid ‘potential negative consequences from co-workers’.

‘From the initial (job) interview to moving up the ladder at work, if a gay man feels his supervisors don’t agree with a gay population, he may not want to reveal his sexuality to them,’ says Travis Dean Speice.

Men are worried about their sexuality affecting chances of promotion or even being hired, so they change the way they dress, the way they talk and whether or not they open up about their private life at work. Travis calls these adaptations ‘hegemonic sexuality’ – a tool for avoiding unwanted scrutiny.

Apparently loads of gay men are still hiding their sexuality at work

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