Homophobic and Biphobic Discrimination in the Workplace
GLADD and the BMA have teamed up to look at the experiences of homophobic and biphobic discrimination by doctors and medical students.We have a number of key survey findings and 21 case reports that build a picture of unacceptable levels of discrimination.
Over 70 per cent of those surveyed said they had endured one or more types of experience short of harassment or abuse in the last two years related to their sexual orientation. These ranged from feeling unable to talk about their private life at one end of the spectrum to homophobic name-calling at the other.
More than one in 10 (12 per cent) said they had experienced at least one form of harassment or abuse at their place of work or study. Incidents included psychological or emotional abuse, verbal attacks, threats of violence and abuse on social media.
More than one in 10 (12 per cent) felt they had suffered some form of discrimination in their employment or studies as a result of being lesbian, gay or bisexual. Areas of discrimination identified varied widely but most common were having fewer opportunities than colleagues/fellow students and finding problems with the provision of pastoral support.
Only a quarter of those feeling they had suffered harassment/abuse reported it to someone senior.
Only a fifth of those feeling discriminated against attempted to take the matter further to try to get it resolved.
Student BMJ 2015
Following on from a similar article 20 years ago involving Dan Saunders you can spot some of our committee members in this article published in 2015