Bil Browning

Out & Equal Workplace Summit survey

Filed By Bil Browning | September 23, 2005 4:57 PM | comments

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According to the latest national Out & Equal Workplace Summit survey, three-quarters of heterosexual adults (76%) strongly agree that employees should be measured by their job performance, not their sexual orientation. In addition, more than half (55%) of heterosexual adults feel that regardless of sexual orientation, all employees are entitled to equal benefits on the job, such as health insurance for their partners or spouses.

This national online survey of 2,242 U.S. adults, of whom six percent self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), investigates workplace attitudes towards lesbians and gays as well as other populations including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, people with disabilities, women, seniors, Jews and Muslims.

For the fourth year in a row, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Witeck-Combs Communications and Harris Interactive have teamed to provide these results. The Out & Equal Workplace Summit is the nation’s leading conference for LGBT employees and human resources professionals addressing these issues in the workplace. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is a non-profit organization that provides support and advocacy for the LGBT community in the workplace.

The survey also shows that in the last three years, heterosexuals and LGBT adults increasingly consider diversity to be an important factor when deciding which company to work for. The survey finds that, all other things being equal:


  • Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) heterosexuals consider it extremely or very important that a company offer equal health insurance benefits for all employees, compared to 57 percent in 2002.
  • Fifty-seven (57%) of heterosexuals consider it extremely or very important that a company have a written non-discrimination policy that includes race, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability, compared to only 43 percent in 2002.
  • Almost nine out of 10 (88%) LGBT adults consider it extremely or very important that a company have a written non-discrimination policy that includes race, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability, compared to 66 percent in 2002.
  • More than eight out of 10 (81%) LGBT adults consider it extremely or very important that a company offers equal health insurance benefits for all employees, compared to 71 percent in 2002.


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