Survey cites straight ally support for LGBT workers

Smiling co-workersBY THE SEATTLE LESBIAN

Straight allies, in large numbers, flex their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) coworkers, according to the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Survey. Representing over a fourth (26 percent) of all U.S. adults, self-identified allies to the LGBT community reported specific ways of expressing that support.

Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of heterosexual allies support policies that ban discrimination against LGBT people compared to only 22 percent of those who do not self-identify as allies. A solid majority (62 percent) of heterosexual allies declare that they speak up against anti-LGBT discussions, compared to only 10 percent of non-allies. Half (51 percent) of heterosexual allies also say they speak up when hearing anti-gay remarks spoken in the workplace, compared to only 12 percent of non-allies.


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