Men and Gay Identity in the Workplace

  • Simon Roberts
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


This chapter explores the way gay men manage their identity in the workplace since the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation as well as more liberal public attitudes towards homosexuality. The chapter explores the ways gay men challenge, negotiate and conform in the two-way process of managing their identities. Data were gathered from 45 semi-structured in-depth interviews with self-identified gay men in a wide range of occupations and ages working in a seaside resort on the South Coast of England. Gay men adopted a range of strategies in how they managed their identity and dealt with discrimination, from confrontation to conformity.


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  • Simon Roberts
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  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Strategy & OrganisationsBournemouth University Business School, Bournemouth UniversityBournemouthUK

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