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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 ...

Homophobia: Counting the Costs
Homophobia: Counting the costs

Homophobia, the fear of gay people, causes both heterosexual and gay people to react in strange ways. Sometimes, it forces gay people into the “corporate closet”—that is, they go to great lengths to hide their sexual orientation at work. Homophobia separates people who could work together productively and enjoy each other's company. It may cause them to avoid each other or sabotage each other's efforts. In some cases, homophobia results in harassment, violence, or expensive litigation that can destroy the lives of the individuals involved and drain the organization's resources.

Here are examples of situations in which the costs are adding up. In the space beneath each example, list what you believe would be one personal cost to the ...

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