Intersections at Work


Understanding the experiences of culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ talent

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and Pride in Diversity have released a joint report into the workplace inclusion experiences of culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ workers.

Pride in Diversity and DCA joined forces on this project as their respective research on LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion had revealed that culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ workers had unique workplace experiences that warranted deeper investigation.

Lisa Annese, CEO, Diversity Council Australia, said:

“Our work with people who are culturally diverse and LGBTIQ+ found that for some people, current workplace D&I initiatives aren’t addressing the nuances of their intersectional identities. We wanted to start addressing this gap by sharing the insights of culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ workers about the actions Australian organisations can take to create more inclusive workplaces.”

Based on the findings of a survey of almost 200 culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ workers, the report found that:                

  • 55% of respondents reported that the combination of their cultural background and LGBTIQ+ status negatively affected their workplace experience,
  • for 20% it had a positive impact,
  • while for the remaining 25% it had no impact at all.  

The research identified six common themes in how the experience of respondents played out:

  • Racism and/or homophobia;
  • Not being understood at work by people from the Anglo/white majority;
  • The complexity of multiple and intersecting identities;
  • Working in regional or rural areas;
  • Working internationally in countries where homosexuality is criminalised; and
  • Feeling accepted at work but not at home.  

What is locking culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ workers out of inclusion at work, and how can we unlock this talent?

  • Ignoring intersectionality > Intersectional approaches to diversity
  • Invisibility > Boost visibility
  • Loneliness and isolation > Create connections.

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Suggested citation: Diversity Council Australia/Pride in Diversity, Intersections at Work: Understanding the Experiences of Culturally Diverse LGBTIQ+ Talent, Sydney, Diversity Council Australia/Pride in Diversity, 2020.