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“Nonheterosexuals face an enormous amount of hostility and discrimination from many heterosexuals in the workplace and in society as a whole. This excellent book educates the reader about how individuals' sexual orientation may affect both how well they are accepted by their coworkers, and how they react to coworkers. It is useful in courses or training programs on diversity in general or on this particular topic. It also may be used by individuals outside of courses who simply want to learn more about sexual orientation as a workplace issue and about themselves. Amy J. Zuckerman and George F. Simons's book is definitely the best book on the topic.” --Gary N. Powell, Department of Management, University of Connecticut Sexual orientation is one of the most controversial ...

Workplace Realities
Workplace realities

Because sexual orientation is a topic that stirs debate, it is important at the outset to look at what we know with certainty about the issues. Here is a collection of basic facts that should underlie any discussion. Read them over carefully, then note your observations and questions on the page following this list.

  • Population

    If you are in an organization of any size, statistically speaking at least 3% to 12% of the people in your organization are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. This is a conservative estimate because various studies of sexual orientation use different definitions. Sometimes they go by how people define themselves. These percentages tend to be lower. Studies that measure sexual experience, on the other hand, point out that up ...

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