LGB employees’ experiences of inclusion or exclusion in the Cypriot workplace
PublisherΠανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, Σχολή Οικονομικών Επιστημών και Διοίκησης / University of Cyprus, Faculty of Economics and Management
Place of publicationCyprus
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In recent years, much progress has been done for minority groups in Europe. However, many groups are still often marginalized or discriminated against for their sexuality. Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) people’s experiences in Cyprus are still a relatively underdeveloped topic, especially as employees. Specifically, these experiences are influenced by the way Cypriot society is shaped through heteronormative patriarchal perceptions and attitudes. The present study investigated LGB employees’ experiences of inclusion or exclusion in the Cypriot workplace whilst taking into consideration various working environment topics and factors that may have contributed to fostering feelings of belonging, safety, or exclusion. Twelve male, female, and non-binary participants that were aged between 23 and 33 years old were recruited through snowball sampling and word of mouth. Participants were invited to participate in a semi-structured interview. Findings identified separation between passive and active inclusion as well as passive and active exclusion in the workplace. Additionally, the role of how masculinity contributes to exclusion and femininity in inclusion in a working environment was discussed. Finally, suggestions of the research topic are explored, in order to identify potential obstacles. Moreover, this will provide guidance on how future LGB related research in Cyprus can be investigated further.