“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 ...
Differences in sexual orientation allow us to look more closely at how our culture defines masculinity and femininity. Gay men are frequently stereotyped as more effeminate, and lesbians are stereotyped as more masculine. Straight and gay people alike encounter situations in which they are seen as not “female” or “male” enough.
But some lesbians appear more traditionally feminine than many straight women, and many gay men seem more masculine than many straight men. Also, straight people can be labeled as gay just because they fit part of a stereotype of a gay person—based on dress, appearance, profession, behavior, voice, hobbies, and tastes.