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date: 14 October 2019

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This chapter examines LGBT issues in explicit relationship to the psychology of working. It presents an overview of the two most developed areas of LGBT vocational psychology: LGBT workplace discrimination/climate and LGBT workers' management of sexual identity. Within each area, the chapter discusses select recent theoretical and empirical literature that deepens current understandings and promotes movement toward an inclusive LGBT psychology of working. It illustrates and makes recommendations for future scholarship that promotes such movement. Major recommendations include (a) continuing methodologically rigorous study of LGBT workplace climate and sexual identity management, (b) continued focus on the broad context of workplace climate with particular attention to action-oriented identification of factors that contribute to hospitable workplaces, (c) continued scholarly focus on a breadth of workplace sexual identity management constructs, including study that promotes understanding of day-to-day behaviors, ongoing strategies, and motivations underlying expression of sexual identity, and (d) expanding scholarship that interrupts the current predominance of an LGBT vocational psychology that is exclusively focused on, and derived from, the work lives of White, middle- and upper-class, lesbian women and gay men. Accomplishing this last recommendation will require a significant shift in perspective to intentionally prioritize understanding the experiences of workers who are not professionals and/or highly formally educated, workers who are people of color, and workers who are bisexual and transgender. Drawing on the broader LGBT psychology literature, this chapter offers multiple specific suggestions for developing more inclusive scholarship.

Keywords: gay, lesbian, sexual minorities, vocational psychology, work, discrimination

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