As if the weekly revelations of anti-gay Republicans having sex with with members of the same sex were not enough reason to come out, a new study has found that being in the closet can cause your job to suck even more. The study called Making the Invisible Visible: Fear and Disclosure of Sexual Orientation at Work is based on questionnaires filled out by 500 LGB people and the results will be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
"These findings were both striking and disturbing; those who reported more fear of the negative consequences of full disclosure had less positive job and career attitudes, received fewer promotions, and reported more physical stress-related symptoms than those who reported less fear," wrote researchers, Belle Rose Ragins and Romila Singh of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and John M. Cornwell of Rice University.
The results of the study should not come as a surprise as we have known either from personal experience or anecdotal information from friends that the being in the closet places and extraordinary emotional burden on us. Anyone who has blown open the closet door can tell you of the weight lifted from their shoulders once they no longer put energy into hiding the truth about their sexuality.