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LGBT+ Inclusion @ Work 2022: A Global Outlook

Deloitte‘s inaugural LGBT+ Inclusion @ Work: A Global Outlook survey aims to better understand the experiences of LGBT+ employees in the workplace. The pulse survey identifies leading practices that support LGBT+ inclusion at work, barriers to inclusion and the importance of a truly inclusive ‘everyday’ culture when it comes to LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace.

The past few years have seen many organizations incorporate a focus on LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and more) inclusion within their HR and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategies, with many employers making visible and vocal commitments to LGBT+ inclusion both internally within their organizations and externally through support of Pride events and beyond.

While this visible and vocal commitment is a positive move, is it impacting the lived experience of LGBT+ employees when it comes to their ‘everyday’ lived experience in the workplace? To understand this, Deloitte surveyed 600 members of the LGBT+ community currently in employment* across various sectors in 12 geographies and territories around the world. The goal was to provide a snapshot of the lived experience of LGBT+ people in the workplace across these countries to better understand their daily realities, what organizations are getting right, and what can be done better.

* Deloitte employees were not polled as part of this survey

Overall, employers are taking steps on LGBT+ inclusion

But LGBT+ employees continue to experience non-inclusive behaviors at work, both in the office and virtually

And many LGBT+ employees are not comfortable sharing their sexual orientation with the majority of their colleagues

Less than half of those whose gender identity differs from that assigned at birth are open about their gender identities to the majority of colleagues at work

Allyship is fundamental to helping LGBT+ employees feel able to be out at work