Pollsters Angus-Reid have published new research into the experiences in Canada of bi and gay people at work. Their findings from an online survey of 983 gay, lesbian and bisexual Canadian adults interestingly mirrored those in the UK which Stonewall published at the start of last year.
“Bisexual men and women are more likely than gays and lesbians to regard their private life as private, and even those who have come “out” do not see this as an important aspect.
“In fact, while more than three-in-five gays and lesbians feel comfortable talking about their personal life with their colleagues, the proportion is slightly lower for bisexual women (55%) and decidedly lower for bisexual men (38%).”
Keeping your private life private and compartmentalised away from work colleagues could also be argued as a symptom of internalised biphobia.
Bi respondents in the Canada survey were much less likely to be out at work than gay or lesbian employees. Depending on which workmate they were looking at – peers, supervisors, HR and so on – between 55-71% of gay men were out; but only 16-23% of bi men. Similarly of the surveyed lesbians, 59-80% were out to different kinds of colleagues, while only 18-47% of bi women were open about their sexual orientation.
On the other hand, or perhaps as a consequence, bisexual respondents were also less likely to have experienced discrimination at their current workplace (18% for both men and women) than lesbians (31%) and gays (32%).