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Two thirds of Australian LGBTIQ+ people are in the closet at work

Almost two thirds of Australian LGBTIQ+ people feel that they have to hide their identity at work, according to new research released this week for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

On May 17, IDAHOBIT celebrates LGBTIQ+ people globally and raises awareness about the work still needed to combat discrimination the community faces.

In collaboration with YouGov, job site Indeed carried out one of the most comprehensive studies into diversity and inclusion issues in Australian workplaces. 

Based on this research, their new whitepaper Hidden Identities: The challenges of being LGBTIQ+ at work in Australia explores some of the key issues at work currently faced by the LGBTIQ+ community.

A key finding from the report was that 60% of LGBTIQ+ people in Australia feel the need to hide their sexual orientation at work.

More than one in ten (13%) LGBTIQ+ people feel that they are not treated equally where they work.

Additionally, 20% of LGBTIQ+ people reported that they work in places where they are not confident action would be taken in response to discrimination.

Other research released this week showed that three quarters of young queer and trans adults believe they have been discriminated against, while nine out of 10 young LGBTIQ+ people have struggled to feel comfortable in themselves and express themselves.

Advocates have called for the Australian Government to scrap its religious discrimination bill, which would allow discrimination in the workplace and other settings such as healthcare if it is based on religious beliefs.

The calls have followed a landmark decision in the US last year that protects LGBTIQ+ people from workplace discrimination.

The US Supreme Court ruled that people of diverse genders and orientations are protected from discrimination in employment under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which in part prohibits discrimination based on sex.

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