“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 ...
In the United States, we tend to define ourselves by the jobs we hold or the work we perform. “What do you do?” is often the first question we ask after meeting someone new. How do people's ideas about certain jobs stereotype the people who fill those jobs?
Here are some ways in which individuals have felt unfairly stereotyped because of their jobs. Notice that both positive and negative stereotypes can create misunderstandings that affect our success on the job.
- Jon (straight male hairdresser): Iget tired of people thinking I am gay simply because I'm a hairdresser. So I deal creatively and sensitively with my largely female clientele—that's just good business.
- Jefferson (gay military police, retired): For a long time nobody believed I ...