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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter examines how and why sexual identity remains a fruitful site of scholarly research in the organizational literature on LGBTQ+ sexualities. Despite the vast attention that is now lavished on identities in organizations generally, LGBTQ+ identities have, at least until now, been relatively ignored in the organizations and identities literature. Accordingly, this chapter historicizes LGBTQ+ sexualities and identities, providing insights into why identity is such a prominent concept in the broader literature on LGBTQ+ sexualities. The theoretical diversity in how LGBTQ+ sexualities have been conceptualized in terms of identity is considered. The core sections of the chapter review some of the principal concepts and scholarly contributions within research on LGBTQ+ identity disclosure (e.g. personal motives and organizational factors that influence how and when disclosure occurs) and identity management (e.g. management strategies and the identity implications of the normalization of some LGBT+ sexualities). Knowledge gaps are exposed and avenues for future avenues of research are signposted.

Keywords: sexuality, identity, LGBT+ sexualities, organization, identity disclosure, identity management

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