Written Sunday 28th May 2023

Diversity in numbers: LGBTQ+ support in the workplace

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As we near June 1st, marking the start of Pride month around the world, it’s time to reflect on the current state of LGBTQ+ support in the workplace.

Below you will find statistics of LGBTQ+ representation from recruitment to senior level, and how differing support impacts upon these individuals across the US and the UK.


  • 18% of individuals who were looking for work said they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity while trying to get a job – Stonewall
  • 1 in 5 UK workers say they would not work at a company that does not address or support its LGBTQ+ employee population – Glassdoor
  • 65% of transgender employees have decided on where to work to avoid discrimination – Glassdoor

Workplace wellbeing:

  • More than a third of LGBTQ+ staff have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination – Stonewall
  • Half of LGBTQ+ people surveyed have reported some form of workplace discrimination or harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity – Center for American Progress (Cap)
  • 24% of individuals had accessed mental health services in the 12 months – UK National LGBT Survey
  • 11% had experienced someone disclosing that they were LGBTQ+ without their permission – UK National LGBT Survey


  • While LGBTQ+ women make up 2.3% of entry level employees, they represent only 1.6% of managers – McKinsey
  • LGBTQ+ women of colour are eight times more likely than straight white men to report being the only one of their given gender identity, sexual orientation, or race. – McKinsey
  • In the US, only 26 of the 5,670 board seats on Fortune 500 companies are held by people who are openly LGBTQ+ – OutLeadership

Support and training:

  • More than a fifth of non-LGBTQ+ employees do not feel educated enough or equipped with the proper knowledge to be an ally in the workplace – Glassdoor
  • 44% of LGBTQ+ workers said their reported conflicts had not been resolved at all – CIPD
  • Only 1 in 3 companies who have LGBT policies have updated them in the last 12 months – TUC
  • More than one-third of LGBTQ+ employees have left a job during their lifetime because of how they were treated by their employer based on their sexual orientation or gender identity – Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy

While there has been significant progress towards LGBTQ+ representation and training in the workplace, it’s clear that there’s still a long way to go. Learn more about how to transform your company’s diversity support in our previous blog on 7 ways to create an LGBTQ+ friendly workplace.

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