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The career development of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals, IN Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, No 42 Apr 2019, pp47-55

Explores how young lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) develop an identity in a heteronormative and often oppressive environment. Reviews the literature on LGB careers, including why and how LGB choose certain occupations and the largely stereotyped nature of those decisions. Notes that gay men are more likely to be in female-majority and lesbians more represented in male-majority occupations, often seeking out occupations that provide them with task independence and perpetuating occupational stereotypes. Finds that employer discrimination and treatment in the workplace continues to lead to LGB people suffering from anxiety and lower job satisfaction. Suggests careers practitioners should empower LGB individuals, seek to become more familiar with LGB culture, and consider personal prejudices, biases and stereotypes and the extent to which they unconsciously adopt heteronormative perspectives.


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