Coming out in the workplace: a comparative study between Italy and England

Monaco, Salvatore and Pezzella, Alfonso ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Coming out in the workplace: a comparative study between Italy and England. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health . ISSN 1935-9705 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/19359705.2022.2089428)

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Introduction: The study aims to analyze the main characteristics and differences relating to the lived experiences of coming out in the workplace in two very different territorial contexts (Italy and England), looking at universities as a case study.

Method: 30 sexual and gender minority university teachers (15 from Italy and 15 from England), ranging from 29 to 56 years of age (M = 41.66; SD = 10.13), were recruited in 2019 to participate in a qualitative research study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed in line with the assumptions of the six-step thematic analysis approach.

Result: The propensity to come out in the workplace is mainly affected by legislative safeguards. However, policies and the regulatory framework alone are not enough. Results suggested that the cultural context and the working climate have an equally significant impact.

Conclusion: The stigma toward LGBT + people cannot be eradicated overnight and changing cultural beliefs is a slow process that requires imaginative and creative methods to get students and the university community to interact with LGBT + people.

Practical implications: Stimulating a bottom-up change within individual institutions can represent a possible strategy to activate a process of change and social inclusion toward the LGBT + community with an echo on the wider environmental and cultural context.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 35358
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health on 29 Jun 2022, available at:
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Depositing User: Alfonso Pezzella
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 10:19
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2023 03:04

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