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New Poll Shows Almost 50% of LGBT Workers Report Feeling Bullied in the Workplace

 

Numbers have been released that state four out of 10 LGBT workers report feeling bullied at their place of employment because of their sexual orientation. This is  11 percentage points higher than the national average of all workers combined, according to a Harris Poll for CareerBuilder., which surveyed 3,420 employees, including 238 LGBT workers.

The findings state that the LGBT workers say that  they were picked on for their personal attributes, such as their appearance or gender, while 47 percent said they were gossiped about. LGBT workers also said they were ignored, falsely accused of mistakes or judged on different standards than other workers. 

The number of LGBT workplace bullying has grown since the 2016 election, said David Kilmnick, CEO of The LGBT Network.

“It has such a negative impact, not only to the LGBT person, which is a given. If you’re being bullied for who you are, it will impact how one feels safe in one’s workplace.  Taking the issue to HR might not always solve the problem because not all employers are prepared to handle workplace bullying, Kilmnick said. He added that his group is stepping up workplace training to help businesses build a more inclusive workplace.”

The impact on workers can be long-lasting, CareerBuilder said. About one out of five LGBT workers who said they were bullied at work had health-related problems because of it, while 15 percent said they had called in sick because of the bullying. 

Workers who are experiencing bullying should take notes to document their interactions with the bully and keep them in a safe place, CareerBuilder said. Sometimes standing up to the bully can work, with about 20 percent of bullied workers saying the behavior stopped after they confronted their aggressor.

32 states currently DO NOT have LGBT non-discrimination and work place protection laws in place

LGBT Ally Sean Avery: WOOF Edition

As I say time and time again, it’s always nice to recognize not only those within the LGBT community that stand up and fight for our rights, but also the straight allies that stand by our side to encourage and support us.

For instance, Sean Avery is one of those allies. Don’t know hin? Well now is the time to get familiar. Avery, an NHL star who has played for Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and other professional teams has been a strong supporter of marriage equality and LGBT rights.

 

Avery continues to bee a supporter of both LGBT rights and putting an end to bullying. In fact, Avery will be a host to Las Vegas’ all day event for National Spirit Day, which is a day of recognition to support those that have been victimized by bullying as well as a day of support for LGBT youth.

 

And can I take a moment to talk about this hot sporty geek thing he’s got going on? The serious expression are somehow offset by those endearing glasses. They’re so hot. Strong smart…what else is there? Get to know this guy, okay?!

(you guys know I have a thing for the hipster look, I can’t help it, geek is chic…and HOT. Deal with it.)