A Glimpse into the Lives of the Indian LGBT+ Community – Part 5: Workplace

Discrimination Against the LGBT Community in the Workplace | Unmysh 2020

Discrimination against the LGBT community is the highest in the workplace. It’s unfortunate that a person from an LGBT community has a hurdle to cross in every aspect of their life. 

Despite the efforts (minimum, at least) of the government to include people of all genders and sexualities, discrimination against the LGBT community is still prevalent. 

According to the survey published on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, it was found that nearly 70% of people from the LGBT community were sexually harassed at work. 42% experienced colleagues passing an unsolicited remark and 27% received verbal abuses. 

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One of our respondents’ mental health was overwhelmed by her work life. This was her take on the discrimination against the LGBT community. 

“God, where do I begin? My colleagues are 2 years younger and all are homophobic. They constantly make homophobic and transphobic jokes. I had a coworker who was openly gay, but the entire office gave me “conservative” vibes. I felt these were not the right people to voice my opinions. I did voice my opinion to one of friend’s conservative college friend as he got on my nerves. I decided to leave the office eventually. In my next company, I’m going to be openly gay and see how people react. The fact that they were kids, who would pass a homophobic comment/joke, without a second thought bothered me a lot.”

If you feel your workplace is not LGBT-friendly or you see someone being homophobic, transphobic or biphobic, report that “just joking” idiot’s ass to Human Resources. It’s the least we could do.

Like our segment ‘Discrimination against the LGBT Community?’ Read our ‘A Glimpse into the Lives of the LGBT Community’ in its entirety here.

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