It’s a fact: homophobia and trans*phobia are still parts of everyday life. Trans* people and intersex people report being stigmatised and excluded in their workplaces. Over 50% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people don’t feel safe enough in their workplaces to be open about their identities. People who are perceived to be different from mainstream sexual and gender roles experience overt as well as covert discrimination. The result: people are wasting 20% to 30% of their energy in protecting themselves at work by staying in the closet.
Some people develop complex systems of pigeonholes to help them make sense of the world around them. But it’s important for them to be aware of and willing to deal with the contents of their pigeonholes. They need to be able to look carefully inside each one, and see what’s actually in there.