Workplace unfriendly to gays: poll

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-10-22
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At least 60 percent of gays will not come out of the closet at work because they

Taipei's 2014 Gay Pride Parade.

Taipei’s 2014 Gay Pride Parade.

fear it will harm their chances for promotion, according to the results of a poll released Saturday.

Taiwan is known as one of the most gay-friendly nations in Asia, even though proposals to legalize gay marriage have so far failed to make it through the Legislative Yuan.

A survey by the Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotline Association found that 11 percent of gay workers were unwilling to acknowledge they were gay to colleagues or superiors at work, while more than 50 percent of those who had, believed there were still colleagues who had not come out of the closet.

A total of 25 percent of gay employees were afraid they might lose their job if it became known at work they were gay, while 40 percent said it would affect their chances for promotion or their career in general, or lead to harassment by superiors.    [FULL  STORY]

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