by Kurina Baksh
Originally published: June 22, 2016
The LGBT community is statistically one of the most discriminated against demographics in the world today. According to surveys done by UCLA’s William’s Institute, approximately four percent of the United States workforce identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT). The LGBT workforce continues to face widespread discrimination in the workplace with 21 percent of LGBT employees reporting that they have been discriminated against in hiring, promotions and pay.
Furthermore, one out of every 25 complaints made about workplace discrimination comes from LGBT employees. At present, too many gay and transgendered workers are being judged based on their sexual orientation and gender identity—factors of which have no impact on an individual’s ability to perform in a workplace setting.
Who comprises the LGBT workforce?
LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Thus, the LGBT workforce comprises of individuals who identify as being either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.